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* Posts by ratfox

3285 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

National web-2.0 dogturd photo scheme goes live

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Meh

How about cleaning it yourself?

Seriously. If you care enough to take a snap, you might as well just clean it yourself.

...Of course, removing graffiti is a different problem.

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Free Ride: Disney, Fela Kuti and Google's war on copyright

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Sorry, what?

Pay for stuff that is in the public domain? Why? The very definition of public domain is that it belongs to nobody. The reason that they make money with the ads is that they go to the hassle of putting up a web site. They are not exclusive inheritors of all the value of all humanity's cultural works and achievements; they are just the only people who actually work their ass off to make it available.

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Apple augments reality, tells you where to go

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Ah yes, but you see...

Those do not use some key feature of this patent... Like the accelerometer. Or the rounded corners.

Bottom line is, unless there is an existing app that does EXACTLY what is described in the submission, down to the last detail, then this can be patented.

...And after the patent is accepted, if a new app has ANY feature described here, then there is enough ground for a lawsuit. Or at least the lawyers will claim so.

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Explaining the Chocolate Factory's Patent Panic

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Google's Moto move spells iPhone doom

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There's only one linkbait side to climate change

But on this issue, both sides are linkbait, thus the two contradictory op-eds...

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'Major' C++ revision receives standards blessing

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Programmers needed

Is it me, or do all the new kids learn Java, Python, and some new stuff I can't remember right now?

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Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

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I don't see HTC etc leaving

Surely, it must be clear to everybody that Google is more interested to have everybody use Android than by making money selling phones. It would be plain daft of them to give advantages to Motorola... Considering that any money they make in that quarter will be a small fraction of what they make with ads.

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Samsung's lovely illegal tablet: Why no one wants to know

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No use case?

I thought "surfing the web from your couch" was the use case. Considering the way people use their home computer most of the time (or their laptop at home), that could be good enough.

Oh, yeah, maybe read an eBook, perhaps some games. And email. That's it... Few people want more (apart from Reg readers).

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Jeff Bezos patents retro jets, and airbags, for telephones

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Spark of ingenuity?

Really? No matter how small? No matter how trivial the difference?

This exists on many smartphones, but we can patent it on smartphones with rounded corners?

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WTF?

How about...

Putting it in a case?

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Grow up, Google: You're threatening IT growth

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What is REALLY the point of patent?

The point of patents is to encourage innovation. They do that by guaranteeing that those who invented something get rewarded for it. The society profits from the fact that more things get invented.

But when patents cover things that are so broad and thin that dozens of people work on the same ideas, and one of them patents it and sues everybody else, then patents become a barrier to innovation, because it becomes difficult to create anything without getting sued into oblivion.

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Google told to delete people from search results

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Let me get this straight

Information is published on website, properly blocked by robots.txt. Google does not index it, but websites shady crawlers do. Google indexes these websites.

Now Google is supposed to go through its database, check for each website whether the information on it is the same as on the website it is not supposed to crawl in the first place, then remove it. Hmmmm...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Quite impressive

IIRC, this is the first Android tablet to not suffer from the comparison with the iPad 2.

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Apple resellers squeezed out of volume licensing model

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Lord post

I don't know about suppliers/resellers/whatnot, but Apple does seem to have a certain number of customers left indeed. A rising number.

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Apple iCloud pricing revealed

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Headmaster

There is nothing pedantical about it

see title

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Google cuts deal for Dealmap

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Easy

Making sure the blood loss is fatal to Groupon.

If Groupon ever makes money, it will be too late.

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Googlenet runs on '900,000 servers'

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Did you count A/C?

IIRC, data centers tend to spend half of the power they use in cooling.

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Nintendo set to make a loss on every 3DS

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Surprising

3 years ago, Nintendo were the geniuses who brought us the Wii, and managed to get the next gaming paradigm... How fast things change.

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It's official: IE users are dumb as a bag of hammers

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Yes, but

what do they say about Lynx users??

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Ubisoft revisits Internet-at-all-times DRM

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Stuuuuuuupiiiiid

Message to Ubisoft:

Soem people want to play in places you haven't thought of. Such as during a transatlantic flight.

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Intel: Apple has online app sales exactly backwards

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Intel sells software solutions now?

I'm sure Intel must be right. Apple is obviously going the wrong way about this. How else to explain the lack of success of their App Store?

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HP's fondle-slab dilemma: What to do when you're No 2

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Lord post

I won't address the other points, but as for 2., not a chance.

Unfortunately, in order to have a shape that thin, you need to have battery packs that are spread all over the place. If you put all of them in a single convenient-to-remove block, it will overheat.

Simply speaking, it is not physically possible with the current technology to have a removable battery without massively reducing the battery life. Or having it catch fire.

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Sony insurer says it's not liable for costs of data breach

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Go insurance

Unless the policy covers loss of privacy in so many terms, it was not drawn to cover this.

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Apple kills MacBook, soups up MacBook Air

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DVD

I would say this was completely justified, if the MacBook Air had had a DVD reader...

The idea that you need a "pro" model to watch a DVD is a bit surprising to me (though I admit I have been buying "pro" models for a while already, so it does not affect me anyway).

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DARPA project seeks immortality, suspended animation

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Reawaken cryogenically frozen people? Why?

If humanity manages to extend its lifespan, we will soon run out of place on earth. Why should we make the problem worse by reanimating the icicles?

What's this altruism thing you're talking about? Let'em melt, I say!

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Google: The one trick pony learns a second trick

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@Time machines

Missed my point, I think. The point was, Google is getting better all the time because of the competition. So it is good that there is competition.

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If we win, they lose?

Care to compare the smartphone offer from say, four years ago with now? I'd say we are getting more, and for less.

And Google might have a quasi monopoly on search; but that is because they are working hard to keep it. If the current Bing had existed 10 years ago, it would have kicked the ass of the then Google search engine. I don't mind having people working overclock to let me find stuff on the web more easily.

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Google erects Colombian 'g.co' URL shortener for Google+

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Too complicated for twats

Next thing, you'll be saying they can use this HTML programming language thingy.

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Google turning us into forgetful morons, warn boffins

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Freeing up resources

This count as a good thing to me.

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Assange™ in court to fight extradition order

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Extradited for questioning?

I did not know that this was possible. You live and learn.

I will still laugh very loudly if after all that circus, he™ is found guilty of minor sexual assault, and given six months with probation.

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'Meltdown Monday' Anonymous hackers leak military mails

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Stop

Woops

Monikers like AntiSec and Anonymous are quickly becoming nonsensical, as they seem to be taken up by groups with widely different agendas.

...At least, when every Muslims terrorist group in the planet are claiming to be affiliated with Al-Qaeda, you know that they are all fighting the US.

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Apple ordered to pay $8m over playlist patents

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Excellent!

That is beer money, now, that is!

Can the patent holders appeal a ruling for their side?

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Google+ disk space cockup creates notification spam-storm

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But there's nothing so lonesome, so morbid or drear...

Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer!

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Apple said to have 3G-enabled iPod in pipeline

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WTF?

Sorry, what?

After the iPhone without the phone, the iPod with a phone?

What is next, a iPad nano, so that you can make phone calss with it?

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Feds seize kit from Apple Store spyware artist

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Bah

As computer crimes go, this is the Apple-stealing kind (heh).

If I was the people at Apple, I would ask for a dollar in symbolic damages. What do they have to gain in asking for more? Or rather, like the guy who sold white iPhones, it will be settled for an undisclosed amount, under condition that he keeps his mouth shut about the fact they did not make him sell his organs in reparation.

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Apple slices iPhone and iPad ad rates 'by 70%'

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WTF?

Seriously?

If iOS developers can make money with AdMob, Apple is way more open with what they allow on their products than I thought...

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Sure

This nothing at all to do whatsoever with demand and supply. No Sir!

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Internet fraud laundryman gets two years in cooler

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Not enough for me

You have to take into account the fact you are not going to find a proper job for the rest of your life... But maybe I am just too greedy.

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Google and Microsoft sued over interwebs street maps

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God bless the patent system

Can you imagine that, without the whole patent system, these wonderful innovations would never have been invented, since without patent protection it would not have been worth it to research them?

Mine's the one with the biography of Edison in the pocket.

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Italian and Swiss cops cuff 15 Anonymous suspects

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And also

The sentence should OF ended with a period, not a comma.

Anything else?

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Microsoft inks Bing deal with Baidu

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Poor Baidu

It was doing so well... But now that they have allied with Microsoft, they are obviously doomed.

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WikiLeaks sues Visa, Mastercard over 'financial blockade'

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Is this why we still have no news of the leaks about that US bank?

Sorry for being impatient. They made the announcement over six months ago that it would be revealed Soon™.

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Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET

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What the heck?

Is the point just to try to get as much money as possible or what?

A fee of $185'000 is NOTHING. There are thousands of companies that can easily shell out the money. If this goes through, you can expect a land grab of epic proportions, bringing domain squatting to a new level. What is the point?

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Pissed-off elves bombard Icelandic town with rocks

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Mathematics are based on belief, after all

In order to do anything serious with Mathematics, you have to believe the Axiom of Choice.

...And then, if you apply your results to the Real World™, you have to believe that Mathematics are related to said Real World. This is very far from proven.

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Fox News tweets hacked to show Obama death stories

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Doubt it

During the last days in office of the previous President, GWB or GBH or GHB or something, The Onion frequently reported his death in a freak accident.

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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

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Nice business you've got here

Would be a shame if you had to go bankrupt fighting our lawyers, now wouldn't it?

See, there is the easy way, and there is the hard way...

I miss the grenade.

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Hackers steal personal data of military, gov personnel

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Ouch

Goes to show that sometimes, there is no such thing as "good enough security".

Though, really, passwords? Which implies they were stored unhashed? Maybe I'm just nitpicking. After all, with the data they had, Gannet probably thought the lock of the safe was unbreakable anyway.

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Oracle: 'Google owes $2.6bn in damages'

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So how exactly is Google making money?

On a system it is giving away for free?

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Dwarfish two-legged dino 'was greatest head-butter ever'

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Yeah, but giraffes can clean their own ears with their tongue

Try to top that, thick-foreheaded Glaswegian precursor!

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Budget airlines warned over 'hidden' debit card charges

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Do not let this go!

On the other side of the pond, hidden fees are the rule, not the exception. Do not let this happen to you!

E.g. if you buy a $20 plan for your cell phone, you find out eventually that with "monthly connection charge", "emergency phone numbers charge", "just-because-we-can charge", and sales taxes, you will actually pay $40.

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