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3365 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Twitter poses patent non-aggression treaty to unblock industry

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Re: BFD

What money? If Twitter will not sue people who infringe on a patent, how will it get any money for it?

Apart from that, I assume Twitter employees who write a patent already get a cash bonus, which is likely to be more than whatever the employee could get out of it otherwise.

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Prince of Persia author releases 1980s source code

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Yes!

The classic is still better than what Ubisoft came up with!

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Google's Brin admits he under-estimated Chinese censorship

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Re: @AC 16/04/2012 17:53 Google are not philanthropists

Actually, considering the trinity at the top of Google owns a majority of voting shares, they do not need to care about the publicly-traded shares...

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Apple screws UK disties, punts just 13,000 iPads to channel

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Coffee/keyboard

"The Reg was still awaiting a response from Apple at the time of writing..."

You owe me a new keyboard!

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If Google's only taking a COPY of your personality, why worry?

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FAIL

Oh hey, my original post was "deleted by a moderator"

Anyway, all websites collecting your private information, such as Google, Facebook and the like have in their T&Cs that they can do whatever they want with the information, that your are granting them the right to do whatever they want with the pictures you upload, etc.

By using them, you are foregoing your privacy AND the copyright to all your data... So insisting that private information is protected by copyright serves no purpose.

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Moody's downgrades Nokia to near-junk status

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Re: Might improve with Lumia 900 sales

"Better than expected" == They actually sold some.

Nokia never had any significant presence in America.

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Google finally secures gmail.de domain

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Did he still use it?

Or did he just keep it to get a payment out of Google? I believe this is a key point of such rulings.

Of course, the domain must have been near unusable: "address at gmail dot D E... No, not googlemail, gmail... And that's D E, not com! Yes, it's my address... No, it's not google..."

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So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

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Jar Jar Binks and the revenge of the Ewoks

...Or something equivalent.

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Death Star dinosaur aliens could rule galaxy

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Oh, it must be Friday, then?

Off for a beer!

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AOL investor: $1bn Microsoft patent deal not good enough

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Some people are never happy

The price of AOL jumps up 40% in a single day, and they still manage to complain.

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Hardware hacker knocks up own Google AR glasses

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Seems different

This seems to be glasses that have a screen inside, and display a stream coming from a camera with additional info overlaid. The Google thing look more like a heads-up display.

Still, he earned a beer!

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Big Four US carriers vow to switch off stolen smartphones

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I'm sure that...

This will hurt the resale value in China...

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Shareholder flings class action lawsuit at Groupon

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Duh

Easy: First, sell the stock. Then, sue the company for the loss you made. At that point, you don't care if it does go bankrupt.

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Yahoo! countersued! by! Facebook! in patent! spat!

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No U

Welcome to America, Facebook.

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Google pockets card payment biz, slips it into Wallet

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I have a feeling...

That untold millions are going to be spent without people using any of these technologies. Especially as long as they tie you to a single system.

@AC19:21 Would you rather give your money to AT&T?

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Hitachi GST lays 4TB Easter egg

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Re: imagine the rebuilding time

Indeed, no RAID 5. See details on BAARF.

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Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'

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Re: USA is obsessed with repressed sexual guilt

Apparently, this is not stopping their teenagers from getting it on. Their teen pregnancy rate is three times that of Europe. And how's this abstinence thing working for you?

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Tweet dreams: Goldilocks, porridge AND the money dance

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Re: Ideas Bear

A whole fruit basket in this case, I dare say...

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Yahoo! finally! adds! Do! Not! Track! tool!

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Re: If Toth...

I actually read somebody complaining that after they log out and remove all cookies because they don't want to be tracked, website X inexplicably forgets all their settings.

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Apple's Cook tops Page, Otellini in 'Favorite Boss' survey

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What about Jeff Bezos?

That I understand, he is worth about 0.98 Jobs on the tyrant scale... But he does get fairly impressive results, too.

I am surprised not to see him on the list, considering Meg Whitman is. Maybe I give her too little credit.

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Balsillie bails as RIM reports terrible quarter

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Windows

Sad, really.

I predict that in a few years, we will feel sadness when Microsoft finds itself in the same situation.

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ARM-Android to outship Windows-Anything by 2016

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Actually...

I would say this is normal behavior. On the contrary, I find weird people who wait for weeks until an app becomes cheaper, all that to save less money than what they would spend on a beer. Or people who adamantly refuse to pay $2 for an app that would be useful to them.

When you think logically about it, most paying apps cost almost nothing.

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Google offers Oracle slice of Android profits for patents

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Huh?

They are arguing over what, $2 millions? Isn't this far less than what they already paid for lawyers?

Also, I thought that the copyright claims had largely been considered bogus?

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Dotcom hike will net millions of bucks for Verisign, ICANN

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Is ICANN a for-profit business?

I am wondering where all the money goes. We need some oversight with teeth, and fast.

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UC interoperability still a bad joke: Gartner

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Oh, so this is about VoIP?

I could not make heads or tails of all the acronyms in the article.

...all right, I could not bother to Google for it either.

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Harry Potter e-books go on sale

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Re: how much?!?!

I suppose audio books do cost money to make, and have such a small audience that they need to get the money back [i]some[/i]how...

That said, what happened to these reader apps that automatically read e-books aloud? Last I remember, copyright owners were claiming this was illegal because it amounted to giving a public performance, which merely owning the book does not give you the right to do. Did that ever get resolved?

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Cameron's attempt to cram a robot arm wearing a Rolex into his pristine bottom

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Well, people wear sunglasses after sunset

It is about as useful. And how many people own a Porsche and never drive it faster than half the speed it can go? Then we can talk about things that are expensive but have no use at all. Diamonds, for instance.

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Egypt ponders smut suppression

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IT Angle

Reg Hardware > Lifestyle > Gadgets

What is this article doing in here??

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Size DOES matter: Nokia snubs Apple's royalty-free nano-SIM

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Re: Is size really an issue?

I assume they intend to fill any available space to the brink with more components, or more probably, with batteries.

Even with bigger screens, any amount of space inside of these tiny little things must cost an arm and a leg in terms of performance.

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Twitter a poor predictor of movie success

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How much of Twitter traffic is astroturfing?

That's the problem with crowd sourcing from unverified sources. As soon as it becomes popular, it becomes full of fake reports.

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Baidu! boss! says! no! to! Yahoo! gobble!

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Re: Would make sense for Apple

D'oh. Please ignore my stupid comment. I had an iPhone for two years, and I never saw that option (not that I ever felt the need for it).

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Would make sense for Apple

They want the iPhone to use the search engine the user wants to use.

...Of course, they could also give people the choice...

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OAP sues Apple for $1m after walking into store's glass door

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Lucky lady

At 83, there aren't that many ladies who can walk fast enough to break their nose on anything.

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Google asked to bin autocomplete results for Japanese man's name

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WTF?

What only autocomplete?

Why not ask Google to also remove from their results all mention of web pages that might make him look bad? After all, if autocomplete shows these words, I assume that results for his own name show web sites related to the same words...

I can only assume that all the people whose name is George Zimmerman are pretty unhappy with what they see on the web these days. They should sue Google, too.

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Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

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↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

The one with the Konami game in the pockets...

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Dot Pharmacy: New web weapon in war on duff drug peddlers

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Internet.bs??

Off to register thatis.bs, Icantbelievethis.bs, ismell.bs and whatever I will think of in the next ten minutes...

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Safety cert green light points to April iPad launch in China

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Should be easy to know

The iPads ought to be practically indistinguishable one from the other. Jailbreak a US and a Chinese one, and look for differences.

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Senators chime in on employers’ Facebook snooping

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FAIL

Great

Not only this is violating the privacy of the prospective employee, it is also violating the privacy of everybody who ever sent them a private message...

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El Reg Forums FAQ

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Re: How do you know your post amount anyway ?

Just click on your own name next to any of your post.

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Written in Perl? You masochists!

That aside, there is a slight inconsistency between pages "Posts by ratfox" and ""My Posts".

In the first one, each post comes with a link of type "Posted in Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad", which leads straight to this post in that forum.

In the second one, each post comes with a link of type "In forum Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad", which only leads to the top of the forum, which is less useful – you have to search for your own post. It is possible to click instead on the permalink Posted Tuesday 20th March 2012 15:37 GMT, and then click again on the link to this post in that forum, but it is a slight annoyance. And it is inconsistent.

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Google patents mobile ads that sense noise, temp, light

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WTF?

"I'm sure there will be some evil intent but at the moment I just can't see what it is."

I mean, it can't be that they just want to make more money selling ads, right? That wouldn't be evil enough.

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Moneybags Apple loses $1.2m Italian warranty fine scrap

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They will appeal??

Whatever for? Do they really think they have a chance? Or that it will be worth the lawyers' fees?

...That's like 0.1% of their annual income, that must really smart...

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Giant kangaroos wiped out by humans, not climate change

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Cool story

It means we should be able to get rid of dingos, right? ...Right?

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El Reg user forum opens to public, HTML for all (mostly)

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Let's see

Thank you very much!

Here is a link to a really good tech site.

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HP finally decides the future of the PC: It's a printer accessory

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WTF?

Is this the onion I am reading?

They already did a piece about Apple:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-apple-ceo-tim-cook-im-thinking-printers,21207/

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Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad

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WTF?

Processing power??

I remember WoW being rather performance-hungry. Do fondleslabs have that much processing power nowadays? I must be behind the times...

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Symbian smacked by Windows Phone

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Re: Isn't this just cherrypicked news?

Pschhh, nobody cares about that. It's not as if that is happening in real countries with real people, now is it...

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Samsung opens up the Ice Cream Sandwich

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Welcome to Korea

Our websites allow both kinds of browser: IE 6, AND IE 8.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Eragon

Though arguably, that was the book's fault.

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the Star Wars prequels, so many people seem to hate them.

Also, the Piranha 3d movie... Do not watch it. You would regret it.

Anything from Uwe Boll.

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