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* Posts by ratfox

3346 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Google asks Blighty to slave over its Maps for FREE

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Re: Tube lines

I think they do that for practically all public transportation, excepted for some bus lines. Trains and long-distance bus lines just "fly" straight to the next stop (which makes sense, as they probably really do not want to map the exact trip).

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Re: UK already has an open map

I'm going to guess that they do want to own the data, and certainly not distribute it freely to all. Google Maps is free to use for random Joes, but large users do need to pay for the privilege.

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Google submits 'formal commitments' to EC over search

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Re: Details ?

Well, they're secret obviously. Having the discussion behind closed doors may avoid a lot of grandstanding from everybody involved. When every proposition and counter-proposition has to come through a shouty press release to major newspapers, things go very slowly indeed.

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Google U-turn DID preempt ICANN's block on corporate gTLD-snatchers

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Makes sense

I still have trouble believing that ICANN is just selling valuable real estate to private companies like that. I can only assume that large amounts of money has gone to personal account to make that decision (as I also assume was the case when they sold .xxx)

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

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Re: Forcing users to choose the Chocolate Factory's map, email and video services

No, I meant they are unfairly using their advantage as owner of the Google maps service, by putting it as the default on Android, and "not letting Apple put it as default on iOS".

If you squint at the problem the right way, you could say that Apple was forced to create a vastly inferior map service just so they would have a default maps App on their iDevices! Probably, Google wanted them to pay for having their wonderful Google maps as default, while of course Google does not need to pay to have Google Maps on Android.

I'm ready for my medication now…

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Forcing users to choose the Chocolate Factory's map, email and video services

Map… Yeah, everybody's doing the same, but Android is dominant, so Google are the one who should offer more choice than Apple or Nokia, as usual. I'm not sure how this can fit with the fact that Google Maps was already the dominant maps internet service before the first Android phone came out, though. If anything, I would rather say that Google is unfairly pushing Android by having it as default on Android phones, something that it is withholding from other phones.

Email… Would people really create a new email address on a different service because it is the default app on their new cell phone??

Video… Hang on, Microsoft has a video sharing service?

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Google: 'Austin is our next Fiber city.' AT&T: 'Us, too – maybe'

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You don't get it, AT&T!

Yes, the point of Google Fiber is to encourage you to start similar projects. But it would be vastly better for everybody if you actually do it, in other cities. Not just say "I could do that in the same place".

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

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Poor, poor operators

How my heart bleeds for them. Not.

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Tax man to take a bite of tech employees' free meals?

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Depends on the country

Here in Switzerland, free employer food is already counted as income, and taxed as such.

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Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge

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WTF?

How about using a display stuck to the windshield?

Y'know, like 90% of Tom-toms?

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German court says nein to Apple's slide-to-unlock patent

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…And there was much rejoicing!

W00t!

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Movie bosses demand Google take down takedown notices

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I'm sure they'd love to

Unfortunately, chances that it would legal are kind of teeeeeeeeny.

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Steve Jobs' 'spaceship' threatened by massive cost overruns

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Brobdingnagian!

Please correct the typo. I had a hard time understanding what you meant.

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Google offers Adwords deals - but you can't trust their numbers

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That would be a very special bag

Which would allow you to have a red marble with probability 3/5, a blue marble with probability 3/5, and a green marble with probability 3/5, for a total of 9/5. Which would mean that almost every time you choose a marble, you end up choosing two at the same time!

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Yahoo! drops! size! limit! on! email! attachments! with aid from Dropbox

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Re: Just because you CAN do it, doesn't mean its a

I believe this XKCD comic explains well why this service is necessary. In a couple of years, having 15MB limits on email attachments will sound out of the stone age. Of course, most people will never realize the difference between sending an actual attachment and sending a link to Dropbox — and they should not realize the difference. This is really an implementation detail the user should not have to bother with.

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ANCIENT CURSED RING known to TOLKIEN goes on display

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Script is Elvish

The same as we write English with Latin characters.

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Annulum unum ut omnia imperire. Annulum unum ut illa invenire.

Annulum unum ut omnia ferre. Et in tenebris illa alligare.

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China's Beidou satnav will open to mobe-makers

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Wow

Europe still has only four satellites out there? Aren't we taking our sweet time?

I guess new satnav systems take a back seat during economic crises… Which is rather sensible, I suppose.

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Federal lawyers, MIT threatened following Aaron Swartz' death

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Joke

And two rights don't make a wrong

…Yeah, right.

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BIGGEST DDoS ATTACK IN HISTORY hammers Spamhaus

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Hey, Cyberbunker

Thanks for proving our point!

--Spamhaus

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

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Re: To google

It is an unfortunate side-effect of American trademark law. If Google does not formally go through the motions of stopping people from using Google as a generic term, Microsoft might start a search engine named "Google 2.0"… Because if the term is generic, anybody can use it.

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Apple share-price-off-a-cliff: Told you that would happen

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Re: Don't blame Apple for the price drop

Not that it changes the fundamental message of your post, but in this particular case, results have for the overwhelming part of the last ten years been much higher than what the analysts had predicted.

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Nokia deflates Google's video codec thought bubble

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@Robert Long 1

You are confusing the intent of the system with the means.

The intent is, and always has been, encouraging innovation. Preventing competition through the granting of a government-backed monopoly is only the means.

The corollary is that if this business of preventing competition is shown to prevent innovation rather than encourage it, it should be abolished…

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@AC 7:29

I think you have not been paying attention. H264 is the standard that is encumbered by many patents belonging to many companies, including Apple and Microsoft, who are not willing to relinquish their IP. VP8 is precisely the standard built by Google with the express purpose of having a non-patented standard.

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Huh

That does seem to sum it up. "We own patents this thing is infringing. We won't license it. We know this serves no purpose except from screwing Google". Or at least it seems that way to me.

Subtle difference of efficiency apart, what is the problem with VP8, except that it lacks a whole bunch of companies who can stomp on it at any time they want, just because they can?

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News scraper Meltwater loses US court case

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Also wondering the difference with Google

Is it that Google does not charge for Google News? Or the fact that it sends a ton more traffic?

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Google patent filing suggests Glass will be ULTIMATE REMOTE

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Not quite

You would probably need to strap your laptop in a way that displays the message right in front of your eye — but it would be worth it; I would pay good money to see people walking around like that!

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Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

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Stop

Wrong

You don't need to defend your patent to keep it. You are thinking about trademarks.

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Microsoft responds to Chinese software contract bribery claims

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Re: Let's be real

I can just imagine a government official somewhere telling Microsoft that without a bribe, they would convert to linux…

Well, now it does not sound so outlandish, 15 years ago it was practically impossible.

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Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

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Re: Contrition is a religious concept,

I think you don't get it. The point of the justice system is to get people to act legally. There were plenty of ways to report the flaw without sending private user data to the press. It was even possible to publicly embarrass the company by revealing the flaw without actually leaking private user data. So Weev broke the law without any proper justification, not even that of being a whistleblower. Satire is protected free speech, but lulz is not.

In that case, the job of the justice system is to first, point out that this is illegal, and second, to deter people from doing it. When the accused is proudly admitting breaking the law and claiming it is the right thing to do, the justice system has to make it especially clear that no, it is not. And the more the accused insists on advertising his claims, the harsher the justice system has to be.

It is not about forced humiliation. Here, just shutting up would have been preferable.

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Showing no contrition

If there is one thing that the justice system hates, it is criminals who don't make at least a show of regretting what they have done. It is a bit like declaring at the customs that your job is smuggling. I bet the sentence would have been way more reasonable if he had "treated them with respect".

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Don't buy a Google car: They might stop it while you're driving

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Re: Increasing censorship and spammer-friendly policies

I'm curious. Care to elaborate on these two points??

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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Re: I will vote with my wallet!

I am sure Google will regret all the money you were paying them…

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Google to pay laughably minuscule fine over Wi-Fi slurp across US

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BlackBerry stock spikes on Lenovo buyout mumble

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And so it begins

I am getting flashbacks from Palm, four years ago.

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Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Emacs: Rejected

4. The editor should contain no implementation of Lisp

It's in the article!

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Google's Wi-Fi sniffing to result in $7 million fine

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$7 millions? Wow

The scariest part is, if they could only come up with that, it probably means they could not even find which law Google had broken, and Google just settled with them to stop the nagging.

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Google sends Street View car into Fukushima dead zone

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It's Japan

Dirt has been forbidden by law in the 70s.

More seriously, I wonder when this area will become a den of squatters who don't care about the radioactivity.

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Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Those who root and flash a custom rom

Analysts don't usually bother with slivers of less than 0.1% of the market…

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Google offers limited data on National Security Letters

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Ha! We can guess more info than they wanted to release!

For each year, they say they received between 0 and 999 letters… But always about a nonzero number of users! So we know that they actually received between 1 and 999 letters.

I bet the US government is going to freak out about the security implications of that slip.

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Welsh bureaucrats busted for getting political on Twitter, Facebook

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Re: Beth wyt ti'n meddwl?

Wel, gallaf ddefnyddio Google cyfieithu…

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Apple iWatch: Coming soon, runs iOS, to earn mucho mazuma

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Re: "...create something totally new like they did with the iPod"

See also the iPhone, and the iPad. Though they might have got ideas from many other products, whether they were superior in vision, execution or marketing, they became the products every other was compared to.

Now, it may be too early to tell, but I have the highest doubts that the iWatch will do the same.

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Japanese govt: Use operator-run app stores, not Google Play

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And this, gentlemen, is why…

Android should by default allow the users to selectively block access rights from apps; at least the right to send data over the network. I'm tired of arguing this point when it is such a no-brainer. All I could ever hear against is how poor developers should not have to handle their applications losing access to this or that… But anyway apps don't always have access to the network, e.g on planes, so this is pretty moot.

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Canadian cyborg says Google Glass design is cracked

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Like he's the only expert

He should have more respect for this Thad Starner guy leading the project at Google, with reasonable credentials of his own…

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Amazon, Facebook, Google attempt to cure cancer with Big Data

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You're not trying hard enough

"Google is trying to deflect the attention from how EVIL they are!"

"Facebook would like us to forget the latest change in their privacy policy!"

And of course: "I see that Microsoft is not willing to do anything for society! ­– Eadon"

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Google open sources very slow compression algorithm

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Heh… Zopfli

It means little jar…

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Google builds web games using Chrome on mobes as controller

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Because some people have iPhones

If it works with any Chrome, iPhone users can also play.

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Judge bins Apple's plea to slash $368m FaceTime patent damages

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He who lives by the sword…

And as you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.

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Google squishes login-bypass bug that opened door to hijackers

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Never understood how these ASPs work

Go there, press this button, copy this, paste it here. Now you can access this thing you want.

To put it simply, I have no clue how this is used. Good thing that I don't need to.

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Google: Our 'freedom of expression' should trump punters' privacy

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I don't get it

Is this about the right to be forgotten, or is this about results for web pages which link to another web page Google is not supposed to crawl?

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