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3346 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Kenyan startup claims Google 'scalped' its data after staging a STING

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Tsk, tsk...

Claiming fake business relationships? Spreading FUD? Bad Google. Will it be blamed again on a subcontractor?

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Android devs get schooled on style

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I would say that if you find it boring...

You're doing it wrong.

More generally, you need to live with nongratifying jobs.

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Apple, Amazon and Google take lazy punters hostage

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brands are losing their hold on consumers

I for one will not complain about this...

The "sloth" argument sounds a lot like: these winning companies are offering a good customer experience! And it actually works! Who would have thunk it?

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Google's social search mash gets EPIC FAIL

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You can still do that, it is just hidden

Click on the link you do not want, then click "back" right away. The results page now contains a link proposing you to block all results from that site.

I guess they thought having a link on every result made the page too cluttered.

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Gartner: Ultrabooks aren't tickling anyone's fancy

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Very little understanding and awareness of Ultrabooks

Count me in that lot. The Ultrawhat?

I'm curious what name they will invent next. Newbook? Coolbook? Webbook? Cloudbook?

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Go Daddy not liable for cybersquatting, US court rules

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Too much legalese... Can't... Think...

Seriously, would it be possible to explain in less detail, but more clearly? Half of the paragraphs in the article are direct quotes from the ruling. I can understand that courts need to use such language, but the Reg does not. Would you report a new scientific discovery by quoting half of the original article?

"A claim for contributory cybersquatting does not exist under the circumstances of this case, as a company providing an internet routing service does not exercise the type of direct control and monitoring that would justify recognition of a contributory infringement claim"

Why force this on your readers?

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Google attacks Twitter's search bias claim

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Indeed, Twitter is hypocritical on this one

This would be rather equivalent to Apple bitching that Microsoft is refusing to pay them for having a Windows version of iTunes. If Twitter really wants their feed to be included, they can offer it for free. It is downright bizarre to claim that Google is "choosing" not to include Twitter results.
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Suicidal Foxconn workers talked down from factory roof

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Major of Wuhan?

Is that a military organization?
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Google merging more personal data into search results

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Results from other, dominant, social networks

I think this mostly depends on the willingness of those networks... No?

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Apple, RIM deny claims of data backdoor for Indian government

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Two words

Court order.

As long as the company has presence in the country, the data is within reach of the government.

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Intel ignores Steve Jobs, adds touchscreen to Ultrabook

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Trackpad for me, thanks

After using a MacBook for a few years, I find using a mouse a comparative waste of time, going back and forth from the mouse to the keyboard.

Similarly, I don't believe in touch screens for laptops, because moving the hand across the screen is simply too time-consuming and tiring.

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iPad SURVIVES FALL FROM SPACE

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@Steve Evans: Sorry, weight does very much come into it

Terminal velocity is attained when the force of gravity is equal to the force of friction (i.e. the sum of forces is zero). It is correct that the force of friction does not depend on weight. However, the force of gravity does depend on weight – and so a heavy object will have to fall faster for both forces to be equal. Since the force of friction is roughly proportional to the square of speed, an object that is say four times heavier with the same surface will have a terminal velocity twice as fast.

That is, terminal velocity is the solution of the speed variable in this equation:

9.81 * weight = constant * surface * speed^2

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Shirley he meant...

The guys doing the test would never have told anybody about it?

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Apple shoots for Premier League soccer streaming rights

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That cannot be possible

If the word had been invented on this side of the pond, it would be called soccre, as in center and centre. Or possibly, souccre, as in color and colour.

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BlackBerry PlayBook in US price plummet

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Amazon gets it

They see no problem with having a loss leader.

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Apple accused of starving French reseller of hot stock

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Is this illegal?

Genuinely, I don't know the answer.

Apart from that, well, it's Apple. What did they expect?

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Apple land-grabs fuel cells for mobiles

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Yeah, but this patent is for powering stuff with rouned corners

Completely novel and innovative. According to the USPTO.

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Chinese confirm Beidou satnav system is operational

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WTF?

"providing location data and SMS messaging"

...Wait, what? SMS messaging? What the hell is this doing in a satellite system? Do they plan to make the system profitable by overcharging 10 pennies for a handful of bytes transferred?

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Reg review of 2011: Jobs, floaters and 90,000 tons of radioactive water

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That will be 36 Olympic swimming pools

Please stick to proper Reg-approved units!

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Hidden Dragon: The Chinese cyber menace

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China creating loads of patents? Good!

Maybe the US will finally get around to reforming patents, then... When it is in their interest.

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Lumia sales fail to set world alight

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WTF?

Lumia top-selling phone?

[citation needed]

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Ofcom maps out what 'psychics' are allowed to do on TV

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It is how still fine...

To show a Christian mass on TV.

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Neighbours not Liking Facebook's new campus

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There goes the neighborhood! etc.

Maybe they should install a toll charge for transit vehicles?

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Oracle hammered as hardware sales soften

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It's okay

The legal department is going to be more and more profitable going forward.

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Tempt tech talent without Googlesque mega perks

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I would like to point a difference between Google and JP Morgan

Google and Facebook do not ask applicants to already have 5 years experience in Hadoop. They know that people can learn.

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Google needs a very thorough frisking, say antitrust senators

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They have a point

As much as I like Google, and as much as I think they are not unduly pushing their good products over other people's crap, they certainly are in a position that could allow them to do so.

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Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(

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That would be patent EP1215867

There cannot be many patents that contain a table with examples such as (^3^)-* or (o)(o).

It does seem that the iPhone's emoticon keyboard (yes, there is one) does something very similar to what is described in the patent (for once quite easy to read).

Of course, maybe the discussion should rather be about why a patent was granted on such a system. /sarcasm

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BT's gift to Google: A patent war over ads and Android

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They check? I doubt it

In the US, over 100'000 patents are granted each year. That is roughly 400 patents per work day. Assuming you can read a patent in five minutes, that is eight people who do nothing but check patents. And somehow they have to know what the whole company is doing and find out if this particular patent is breached ­– which should take days of work to a patent lawyer to have an opinion on. Now tell me again that there are companies who check for all possible patents they might infringe upon.

It does not help that patents are generally written in a language that engineers do not understand:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/13/microsoft_employee_patent_ignorance_is_bliss/

So realistically, it is impossible to both have the engineering knowledge to create a new product, and the legal knowledge to find out on what patents you are infringing; even though you can be almost certain that no matter what you do, you are infringing on some of them.

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Zombie Microsoft antitrust case shuffles to retrial

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Oh God

The system needs to change. I don't see how it can keep working if juries are expected to make a call on things that happened FIFTEEN years ago.

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Nearest supernova since 1986 blasts boffin off her chair

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It's a miracle we exist, innit?

See title.

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The Google Review: Now Speak Your Brains

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Producing a product

You cannot ask for that, especially with pharmaceutical companies. Very often, small companies can develop a new product, but do not have the infrastructure to produce and sell it in any profitable way.

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Nokia lightens Dark Knight with Batman blower

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Q: Why were only 40 produced?

A: They did a study of the market demand for Nokia WinPhones beforehand...

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Woz's key to success: Burn the tie, wear T-shirts to work

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Sports team?

An anti-creative force?

...I am smelling bad memories from college.

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Wikipedia simplifies article editing for world+dog

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What about equations?

The current use of LaTeX practically ensures that the contributor has to have a university education in a hard science...

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Windows Phones message hub hit by killer SMS

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Exclusivity?

You feel that having a rare phone makes you special?

...Sorry, but it feels like you are compensating for something. What are you trying to prove to yourself?

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Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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@You mean: Obligatory reference

"One million electron-volts is not cool. You know what's cool? One billion electron-volts."

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Nokia exec: Young fashonistas 'fed up' with iPhone

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This is called the Coué method

"Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better."

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Man fights felony hacking charge for accessing wife's email

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Intellectual property? *snort*

I guess married couple cannot claim invasion of privacy, so they went to the next level. I'm surprised they are not charging him with infringing the copyright of her password.

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Tablets to outship regular notebooks by 2016

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WTF?

Ultra... book...?

What is this new species?

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Secrets of the asteroid belt: Vesta actually more like a planet

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Whatever

I would prefer not to be marooned off of it.

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Boffing boffins create 3D map of orgasmic female brain

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That was hot

Best tagline ever

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Google set to begin appeal against Italian guilty verdicts

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If it comes to that...

It will be far easier for the company to leave the country altogether. After leaving China, I doubt that they would hesitate for Italy.

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Swiss insist file-sharers don't hurt copyright holders

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Yes, as long as...

You manage to steal food AND live it where it was at the same time.

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RIM swallows $485m charge to clear PlayBook tablet mountain

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Poor RIM

I wish them well, but I don't have much hope.

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RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook rooted

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"unleash tool to penetrate tablet"?

That's all you can find? Come on, I'm sure you can do better than that!

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Apple files avatar automation, emotion patents

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Here we go: Prior art! Not novel! Stupid USPTO!

Yadda yadda yadda

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PayPal founder helps steer super geek cruiser

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Meh

This article would be better with a link, and if possible a picture of the cruiser

Yes, I know Google exists, but I would like the journalist to do the effort for me. I'm selfish that way.

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FCC slams AT&T and T-Mobile union

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Seriously?

The merger was not going to create jobs after all? Colour me surprised!

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Mars rover Curiosity autographed by Obama

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Is this really a good idea?

DEAR CLARA MA,

I AM THE WIDOW OF DICEASED LAAAPR14, RULER OF VICTORIA CRATER. I AM CONTACTING YOU ABOUT A SUM OF 1,000,000,000 (BILLION) ZPTS LEFT TO ME BY MY HUSBAND BEFORE THE REBELS INVADED OUR GIANT CAVE....

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Yahoo! and! Sony! tuck! into! interactive! multimedia! ads!

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Paying people to watch ads

Somehow, this feels wrong in all kinds of way...

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