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* Posts by ratfox

3285 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

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"they also use open source software from time to time."

And some of their best friends are Jews, right?

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Google stokes hype machine over Project Glass robospecs

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Re: "No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times"

You are missing something: Even people who do not wear glasses cannot focus on something half an inch from their face. The optics inside Glass probably display everything to your eye as if it was a few meters away, so if you can see clearly a few meters away while wearing glasses, you should be fine wearing Glass over your glasses.

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You can help fix patent laws … now!

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How about this for novelty?

All patents are kept secret for one year. If at anytime during that year, somebody else comes up with the same idea/concept, the patent is invalidated as being not novel enough.

When you think about it, the fact that two or more companies would be racing to patent a concept should automatically disqualify the concept from being patented. Patents are meant to reward the inventor who brings something to society. If many inventors come up with the same idea at the same time, then society would have benefited even if any of these guys had decided to go back to bed instead. At the most, the patent should be shared between the multiple inventors, certainly not awarded to the one with the fastest legs.

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Google misses privacy-policy deadline, incurs EU wrath

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Disappointed

I would have thought that Google would pay more attention to their complaints, instead of apparently not answering. It does not even seem that prohibitive to do as they asked, if they really only asked for opt-out (which in the overwhelming majority users will not do).

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Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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People are crazy

Seriously, you want a new law just to stop the maybe two guys in the whole state who would be willing to go to all that trouble, when there is an internet full of porn available?

Anyway, isn't it already illegal to peep on people? Why bother with a new law, which will stop people from taking some completely innocent but very cool movies?

This is very much like banning all phone cameras because there are people who will use them to take underskirt pictures in the subway. Let's ban zoom lenses, too.

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Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

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Farcical

Whether Gibraltar is promoted or not is not that important, but they might want to check if there is a hole in the way decisions are made which could be used to game the system in more important places…

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Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

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Probably means nobody would want to see it

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

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Yeah, good luck

I honestly can't think this is anything else than a publicity stunt. W\ithout even talking about the common sense point of view, there are a few large companies with a legal budget two orders of magnitudes bigger than Veber who are going to get involved pretty fast.

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Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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WTF?

"he drove the car off the road when it ran out of petrol."

…Wait, what? The damn car finally runs out of petrol, and he that's when he decides to drive the car off the road? This contradicts the info that he had a full tank of gas. Half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.

Regarding the whole story, I'll misquote Thomas Jefferson and state that I would sooner believe that a French guy would lie than that a car would keep accelerating no matter what the driver did. Brakes, gearbox, ignition keys… There is an awful lot of things that would need to go wrong in exactly the right way for this to happen.

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iOS 6.x hack allows personal data export, free calls

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Just tested it on my phone: You get access to the phone app

You can dial new numbers, listen to voicemails, see the contacts and the history.

Interestingly, if a contact has a homepage defined, you can normally tap on it and open the browser; but that did not work while using this trick. I assume that you are in a special mode where the phone app works so that you can make emergency phone calls, but nothing else does…

A word of caution: I tried making a phone call, but the results were strange. There was no way to hang up, because the normal buttons would not show up, even after I stopped holding the sleep button. It took me a while to bring it back to a normal state.

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IDC: Android, iOS now own 91.1% of global smartphone sales

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What if Android did not exist…?

I find myself wondering. Android is a very good choice for most manufacturers; they get an OS for free, with a large ecosystem of apps (yeah, yeah, some fragmentation). What would have happened if Android did not exist? Would Symbian be the standard? Would RIM still have 30% market share? Would Microsoft stand a chance? Or maybe Samsung would rule the same way it does now, but with Bada…?

I have to say that as a user, I am still thankful for Android. Even if there is less choice of OS, compatibility is king. I prefer to have a few large dominant OSes than a smattering of incompatible systems. (Typed on iPhone)

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British, Belgian boffins battle buffering bandwidth bogeyman

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Did not read the article

But epic title is epic!

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Official: America now a nation of broadband whingers

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Huh?

What has Google got to do with this? Why would it want a monopoly in broadband??

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Opera joins Google/Apple in-crowd with shift to WebKit and Chromium

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In before Opera aficionado laments the loss of the one true rendering engine

Though I have to agree with the decision.

Pour one for Presto...

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Vertu-alised Android revealed at an all-too-real €7,900

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"can survive a strike from a 110-gram ball bearing"

There must be something missing in this sentence. I'm pretty sure that most phones will survive having a 110-gram ball bearing dropped on them.

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Amazon cloud spin-off 'inevitable,' says Oppenheimer

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Yeah right

Like Microsoft ended spinning-off its OS, because they could not possibly produce an OS and at the same time compete with their Office suite against other business suites running on that OS.

Bezos certainly knows what he's doing; and I doubt he needs advice from Openheimer.

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Curiosity raises mighty robotic fist, punches hole in Mars

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Re: "The shallow indentation on the right was part of its preparations, NASA says."

Then again, a penetration that is only 1.6cm wide and 6.4cm deep is really nothing to write home about… I hope everyone here has seen better!

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AT LEAST two-thirds mobile traffic will be video by 2017 - Cisco report

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Video production is going to hit a wall

The day that every single cat in the world is filmed 24/7

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The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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Wait

You mean other people actually notice the clothes that I'm wearing?

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Google Drives into web hosting

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Seriously?

Companies block access to Google Drive? What is so objectionable about Google Drive that they would block their employees from accessing it??

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China is world's most malware-ridden nation

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Virii?

What's Latin for malware? Come on, come on!

Virus.

Goes like?

Annus

Plural is?

Anni.

Viri. Understand? Now write it out a hundred times.

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When open-source eats itself, we win

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Google??

2% Google, does that mean that Google have a special web server for their web servers, and that their web servers are 2% of the market, or does Google actually distribute a web server for other people to use?

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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Re: Here's a fun question for you

Damn, forgot that 43+2=45. 117 = 3 x 3 x 13 it is, then.

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Re: Here's a fun question for you

Golbach's Conjecture is only for even numbers.

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Re: Here's a fun question for you

I say 45 = 3 x 3 x 5.

It cannot be a power of a prime, and I take this to mean it cannot be a prime itself. Power by one is a power.

It cannot be the product of two primes, so it must be the product of three primes at least.

It cannot be the sum of two primes, so it is not even, because every even number small enough to be tested is the sum of two primes. See Goldbach Conjecture.

So I choose the smallest possible three primes, none of them 2, not all of them equal, which are 3, 3 and 5.

I am excluding zero and negative integers on grounds of not being interesting.

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Re: Why are we paying for this research?

^ This is a bit like saying that the safety of nuclear reactor is crucial, and it was therefore prudent to spend a billion on building the LHC to discover the Higgs boson.

The correct answer is: Because this is fun!

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Schmidt slams China as world's most prolific hacker

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"illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play"

Ha ha ha ha ha… Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder:

WAAA HAA HA HA HA HA HA… /Bender

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Samsung's squillionaire supremo scuttles siblings' shares snatch

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I wonder if power struggles in North Korea are this bloody

Reading the article, you would think this guy is the king of South Korea.

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Senators propose permanent ban on internet sales and access tax

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I don't get it

So would the laws in California and New-York keep existing, or would they be made illegal by the change?

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Car dashboards get Nokia HERE without a phone in sight

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Peer review the next big thing

I have very very little confidence in these reviews. They already suffer of massive spamming, and you are left to wonder what to trust. And reviews from my friends are even worse, because my friends have a shitty taste.

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Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

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Re: Windows 8

Lack of apps.

The reason they shoehorned the TIFKAM into desktops is that they hope to attract more developers for it. The developers would not bother for their current market share on mobile, and the market share will not improve unless developers write apps. It's a chicken and egg problem, and they are trying to solve it by having their cash cow lay the egg. Er… Yes.

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Official: Fandroids are smarter/tighter* than iPhone fanbois

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Re: Why are American prices so much higher?

Both, I think. Also, less regulated. Confusion is a form of art when it comes to phone bills in the US; the better to advertise "$50 a month plans" which swell to $90 plans when all fees and taxes are added.

Then again, Americans are used to pay $20 for a $15 item on the menu, unlike Europeans who for some reason expect the price to be exactly as indicated.

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Report: DDoS attacks now MORE ANGRY, complex and targeted

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I like this new conjugation

"The vast majority […] reported they had been hot by attacks during the study period."

So much better than the bland version. I hit, I hat, I have hot.

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Muslim vid protest hackers turn web-flood hosepipe away from US banks

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I would assume the reason they did not DDOS YouTube…

Is that they don't have enough resources for it. Considering the onslaught of viewers all over the globe looking for cat videos, it must be hard to make a dent.

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Amazon: We have great cash flow - it flows straight out of our hands

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"It is not clear how long the investment phase will continue..."

I don't think they plan on stopping investing before they have a majority market share in every country…

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Apple, Google tumble off top 20 trusted companies list

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WTF?

People trust eBay?

Who would've thunk?

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Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

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Need an Admiral Ackbar icon

I am reminded of the story about Nigerian scams automatically discovering the gullible, because they are the only one who bite in the first place.…

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Google fills in the blanks on North Korea map data

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So where's the street view??

Lame.

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Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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Never mind the nuke angle, there are more important questions:

How are their space-faring people going to be called??

As everyone knows, Russians are called cosmonauts, Americans are called astronauts, French are called spationauts, and Chinese are called taikonauts. Now we need a word for the Iranians.

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Google offers $3.14159 MILLION in prizes for hacking Chrome OS

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Re: Perhaps 'slightly' OT but Chrome Browser

It's good advertising, pure and simple.

Implicitly, they are saying that Microsoft would never dare do that kind of contest with their software...

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Google reveals TAPE-TASTIC data centre in saucy vid

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Oooooh

All… these… blinking… LEDs… SHINY!!1! ♡

< Need a heart icon

EDIT: By the way, the "new video" was apparently posted 3 months ago.

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Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US

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I never understood how this can be legal

Currently, you can get an iPhone 4 for free (well, $1), if you take it with a two-years plan of $60 per month — That is $1440 in total. The phone itself costs about a third of that price. Each month, $40 of what you pay for the plan pays for the actual service, and $20 pays for the phone.

Which means that if you don't get a new phone, you are paying 50% more than what you should. How is this not bundling? Isn't bundling normally illegal?

Imagine if Microsoft suddenly announced that from now on, Windows costs 50% more, but with any purchase of Windows, you get the possibility to buy Word for $1… What are the chances this would fly?? I thought that was exactly what got them in trouble with Internet Explorer…

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Activists urge Skype: Tell us who is spying on us

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Nobody, nobody

Why would you even ask?

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Twitter adds loopy videos with Vine integration

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They have to follow the trend

Nowadays, memes are often animated. They cannot let users go somewhere else for that, now can they?

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Victims of 'revenge pr0n' sue GoDaddy, smut site

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Takedown policy

Are there rules making it mandatory to take down pictures of a person, when asked? It certainly depends on countries, and in the US, on the state… I wish these women luck.

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Google: Gov demands for YOUR web data up 70% in just 3 years

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"US government far ahead"

If you read the text above the table, you will note that requests counted as coming from the US government also include requests made on behalf of other governments. It is a detail worth mentioning.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: Honest laws

Yes, but they say directly why they forbid it, i.e. because they want a secular and modern country. They don't make bullshit claims about it being a matter of security.

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Honest laws

I think that governments in general should state honestly what is the purpose of the laws. Creating a tax on data, and justifying it by saying the users are workers collecting valuable information for the company sounds more like insane troll logic than anything else. They might as well come out and say honestly, we are taxing you people because we need the money and you can afford it.

The French government seems adept at these disingenuous justifications. E.g: The law which forbids people from covering their face in public is claimed to be a matter of security, and not at all a way to push Muslim integration by stopping the practice of wearing a veil. Never mind that the same law prescribes especially harsh punishment for a person who forces other people to cover their face, like a Muslim husband might do to his wives and daughters. Relation to security: None.

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Dotcom says German authors' society canned Mega launch vid

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Re: Not easy to like this guy

not so easy to pinpoint.

I don't find it so hard to pinpoint… He became very very rich, mostly by skirting the rules closer than most would be comfortable with. And the fact that he renamed himself "Dotcom" is not doing him any favors!

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'Op! Op! Op!' Gangnam Style earns Google $8m

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It's all about Psy these days

PSY curve on Wolfram alpha

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