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* Posts by ratfox

3397 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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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China overtakes US as world’s biggest smartphone market

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"People know what is smartphone and how to use it thanks to Apple"

"The iPhone is kind of a catalyst for the Chinese smartphone market."

Honestly, I would say it happened the same way in US when the iPhone first came out.

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iPhone 4S is for failures who work in coffee shops - Samsung

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Beat me to it

I hope to see more ads like this one — in both directions!

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Russian diplomat caught driving while 15 TIMES over booze limit

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Your data is too old

Switzerland went down to 0.5% years ago.

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Well, obviously...

We need a new unit: One Russian diplomat = 3g/l.

For instance, Guinness has an alcohol rating of 14 Russian diplomats.

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FCC slips dagger into AT&T, T-Mobile merger

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Stop

I have yet to hear...

Of a merger that created jobs.

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Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish

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Devil

£50 says it is bullcrap.

Any takers?

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Microsoft and Samsung uncloak slimmer Surface

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I started reading, thinking this was about a tablet

...Until my eyes fell on "45kg". Quite a shock. That said, it looks cool. I want it to work like that thing in the last James Bond, though.

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Oi! BBX is ours, software biz tells RIM

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BASIS International? Who?

Actually, the name of their product is BBx, not BBX, according to its Wikipedia page that has been updated like 20 pages since its creation five years ago. Real famous product. We can assume this lawsuit will only benefit a handful of lawyers.

H6242 – Kill all the lawyers

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Google adds 24/7 support for business Apps buyers

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Good, good

The less money in the pockets of M$, the better.

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Mystery radioisotopes in Czech air are not from Fukushima

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"did not think that the amount of radioisotope in the atmosphere could harm people."

AIIIEEEE! RUN FOR THE HILLS! THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF RADIOACTIVITY!!

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Five years of open-source Java: Freedom isn't (quite) free

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Java is free and you can use it as you want

But if you are successful with it, expect a call from our lawyers.

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Yelp update ridicules Republican (ex)-hopeful Rick Perry

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FAIL

Easy to understand

Merkins Republicans are desperate to find a candidate — any candidate — that is not Mitt Romney. So they acclaim every newcomer, put them in front of the polls, then realize it is an even worse evil, and let them disappear.

So far they have done this with Michelle Bachmann, Donald Trump, Rick Perry and now Hermann Cain.

AND everybody knows the whole circus is useless since Obama will get reelected.

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Now Russians can't even contact their busted Mars probe

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WTF?

The craft is INSURED?

You can INSURE something that you send to Mars and will never come back? Insure against what?

If I was the insurance company, I would be crying foul on this one. "Oh, sorry, all the expensive insured equipment on the probe is going to burn in the atmosphere now. Why yes, of course it was really in the probe. No, sorry, you can't go there and check."

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US doctors demand right to advise on gun ownership

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WTF?

Why would doctors advise people on guns??

It's like having the mechanic at the garage advising you on kitchen recipes... Guns are a safety issue, not a health issue. Do they also give tips on how to drive safely?

...I take it these doctors are paid to the minute? And much more expensively than a gun safety instructor?

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Apple agrees to replace dodgy MacBook power cords

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So the problem exists

I was going to ask, because I had never witnessed it. I guess you must start your own lawsuit in your own country, then...

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Results in on why life, the universe and everything exists

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Coat

42

Duh.

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Barnes & Noble complain to DoJ over Redmond nobbling

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Good for Barnes&Nobles

I hope we finally get to check how many of these patents stand up in court.

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Adobe confirms mobile Flash Player's race is run

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Flash is dead

And Apple killed it. Go Apple!

By the way, an image search for "apple killed flash" returns a cool result.

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Apple trains store bosses to ignore deal with unions

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Apple must be quaking

I'm sure it's going to be hard to find other employees if those threaten to leave... What with the low unemployment and all...

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A tenth of Chinese farmland polluted by heavy metals

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Isn't rather the point...

That once they are junked, the damage will be lesser?

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B&N fans fondleslab flames following Kindle Fire

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Paris Hilton

What does it run?

Android or Windows? Ice cream sammich? Mango? QNX?

...Symbian? ........WebOS?

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Google's legal boss is fed up with patent warfare

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Well, he is biased...

But he is also right.

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Common brain parasite 'can affect host's actions'

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Alien

Brain-infected cat worshippers?

That'll be the Goa'uld then...

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If thine brown eye offend thee, blast it with a laser

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"What’s to ensure there’s definitely blue pigment underneath?"

And they call that a doctor? There is no blue pigment. Eyes appear to be blue because of funky Rayleigh scattering.

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Hackers mistake French rugby site for German stock exchange

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How drunk do you have to be?

(body)

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Groupon shares soar, adds $2.7bn in two hours

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This should be fun to watch

No popcorn icon... I'll have to make do with a beer then.

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Assange loses High Court appeal against extradition to Sweden

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And then he will appeal, and then the appeal will be rejected, and then he will be extradited, and then he will be judged... Geez.

What I am most curious about is, what is the maximum sentence he risks in Sweden? Very soon, the whole shebang will have lasted longer than if he had started his sentence right after the crime.

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Native Gmail app coming to iPhone, iPad?

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Intentionally inferior?

Do you have examples? (note that the Maps iPhone app uses Google data, but was coded by Apple)

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Sony Tablet S

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WTF?

Agree

If you want a big screen, buy a laptop, a desktop, or a TV...

"The cool thing with my digital watch is that I can connect it to my 20 inches monitor to display the time in really large letters."

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Facebook's Swedish data centre will be subject to Snoop Law

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Trollface

while (<MAIL>) {

if (/surprise sex/) {

&extradite_individual_for_rape();

}

}

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Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

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Fatal mistake

You think that "free" means you did not pay for it. For that man, "free" has a very different definition.

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iPhans

Nice word.

Disagree in general with the post, though.

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RIM faces legal action following service outages

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Great move

Send one of the best companies in your country into massive trouble for $1.25

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Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

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Correct

This patent only covers a sliding icon. I actually don't think there was prior art for this. Digital pads to enter a code are something different. Also, the android swipe-a-shape is not covered by this either.

In fact, it looks to me like no lawsuits should come out of this. Then again, lawyers are known to be irrational when a big payout is involved.

H6242 — Kill all the lawyers.

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RIM links with Microsoft for cloud services

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Good move

Indeed RIM and Microsoft are ideal partners for pleasing corp customers.

As long as RIM is not sucked dry by Microsoft in the process, that is. I hope Microsoft realize that RIM still has a much better chance in the mobile market than they do.

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Groupon sues ex-sales heads for defection to Google

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$6m isn't cool.

You know what's cool?

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Rockstar officially announces Grand Theft Auto V

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Joke

The up-to-now secret title is

The World of GTACraft!

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Microsoft trousers yet more royalties from Android gear

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Rewarding invention

If patents really rewarded invention, that would be good. However, in the current system, when many people independently come up with an idea, only one person gets rewarded by the patent system. All the others get sued or have to pay licenses, and lose all the benefit of their work, even if they did come up with the idea themselves.

This discourages invention, as it is practically impossible to create anything without infringing some patent; to the point that even when an outfit like Google deliberately attempts to create a royalty-free codec, they seem unable to do so.

In a proper system, when people independently come up with an idea, the benefits would be shared between them. Many people having the same idea means the idea is less original, and so should be less rewarded.

Another problem is that fighting a lawsuit is so expensive that even big players like HTC and Samsung have an advantage in licensing a bogus patent rather than fighting it. Never mind small players like Compal Electronics...

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Fat lot of choice they had

Pay up or go bankrupt fighting our lawyers...

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Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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Jeez, people get so intense

Google replaces the + by "", and it's like the end of the world...

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El Reg in email address blunder

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Quick, lemme check my never-used-crap-web-based-mail...

Shoot. I am not one of the 3,521... Will you notify the 46,524, so that I know I should change to a further crap account, just for safety?

I think my new address will be: "registerlogin1234@hotmail.com"

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World's stealthiest rootkit gets a makeover

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This should remove the PITA rootkit:

Step 1: browse to ubuntu.com...

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Reg hacks confront really wide Oz load terror

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Apatosauruses!

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Google! mulling! Yahoo! slurp! claims! insider!

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What in the world would Google want to buy Yahoo for??

Oooh, YHOO is up 3% in pre-market today... What a coincidence...

I am reminded of the weekly rumors about Palm being on the verge of being bought by RIM, Nokia, Microsoft, etc. with an bump in the stock every time... And when it was finally bought by HP, nobody saw it coming.

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This just in: Brussels shatters CRT cartel

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Coffee/keyboard

cartel of videotape makers just four years ago

You owe me a new keyboard!

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As US sinks, Apple sees a glorious future in China

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@Underpants

"Thus far Apple don't seem to have cared much about the Chinese market"

...Sorry, what? Apple started selling the iPhone there in 2009. It is already their second biggest market! You can bet your sweet underpants that they have cared about it.

The reason they care more about the Galaxy Tab than about the iPed is that the Galaxy Tab is actually a comparable product in quality. Nobody would think that of an iPed.

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@Exactly: Well, duh

How much do you think is the loss of market share to the iPed and aPad, compared to the Galaxy Tab?

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Euro fraud cops crush garlic tax evaders

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I'm curious

Why is there a specific duty of €1,200 per tonne on garlic??

@David Pollard: I am no specialist, but distinguishing two closely related species might be significantly harder than detecting completely unrelated species...

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RIM lifts skirt, flashes 'new' OS at devs

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Poor BBM

So fast up, down so quick. It 's like nobody thinks they have a chance anymore.

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