nav search
Data Centre Software Security DevOps Business Personal Tech Science Emergent Tech Bootnotes
BOFH
Lectures

* Posts by ratfox

3297 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Google and Microsoft sued over interwebs street maps

ratfox
Silver badge
Coat

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.

3
0

Italian and Swiss cops cuff 15 Anonymous suspects

ratfox
Silver badge
Headmaster

And also

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

Anything else?

2
0

Microsoft inks Bing deal with Baidu

ratfox
Silver badge
Trollface

Poor Baidu

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

1
0

WikiLeaks sues Visa, Mastercard over 'financial blockade'

ratfox
Silver badge

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™.

0
1

Top level domain explosion could wreak MAYHEM on NET

ratfox
Silver badge
WTF?

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?

4
0

Pissed-off elves bombard Icelandic town with rocks

ratfox
Silver badge
Boffin

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.

1
0

Fox News tweets hacked to show Obama death stories

ratfox
Silver badge
Angel

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.

0
0

Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

ratfox
Silver badge
Mushroom

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.

20
0

Hackers steal personal data of military, gov personnel

ratfox
Silver badge

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.

2
0

Oracle: 'Google owes $2.6bn in damages'

ratfox
Silver badge
Angel

So how exactly is Google making money?

On a system it is giving away for free?

1
0

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

ratfox
Silver badge
Facepalm

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

Try to top that, thick-foreheaded Glaswegian precursor!

0
0

Budget airlines warned over 'hidden' debit card charges

ratfox
Silver badge
Stop

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.

0
0

Mole maintains iPad 3, iPhone 5 out this year

ratfox
Silver badge
Stop

This is not planned obsolescence

Planned obsolescence is making sure the thing does not work after a short period.

...Unless you are one of those people who think their gadget only works properly if it is the most shiny around.

1
0

French search engine seeks multi-million euro damages from Google

ratfox
Silver badge

Google probably would have to discriminate their own services

In order not to show them in first search results...

1
0

Blow to the head makes people feel good about religion

ratfox
Silver badge
Angel

Useless research

Until we get a similar study for not-bumped-in-the-head-people

1
0

Groupon faces multitude of legal headaches in US

ratfox
Silver badge

Does Groupon have a lock-in?

We all know that Facebook has a lock-in. Everybody is already on it, and unless you convince all your friends to move to a competitor, you have to keep using it (assuming you want a social network, natch).

But even assuming the business model of Groupon works, what stops a competitor from offering the exact same service? What would stop small business to go to that competitor? Or consumers?

2
0

Apple, Google, Microsoft seek gargantuan tax break

ratfox
Silver badge
Devil

Yeah right

Look, I like Apple, and I love Google, really. And I have shares in both.

But this is pure blackmail from their part. "Look at the big pile of money! You need money, don't you? You can have, say... 5% of it, right away! Or wait forever. Your choice..."

Dangle, dangle...

4
1

Brits told how much they'll pay for HP TouchPad

ratfox
Silver badge
FAIL

Ha ha

Buy our stuff! As expensive as the other one, except nobody is writing apps for it! Be the loser among your friends!

Seriously, if they cannot make it cheaper, I don't see how they can get any market traction. Whatever the virtues of their stuff, it is not going to make people forget about the App Store™.

1
0

Rare video: Moon flashing in front of giant's face

ratfox
Silver badge

Dude, photoshopped

You should totally hear the whooshing sound of a moon passing merely 10000km away. And Zarathustra, you should hear Zarathustra, too.

3
0

Saab fingers BAE over South African fighter deal

ratfox
Silver badge
Holmes

Wow – a bribe in an arms deal?

Who would've thunk?

3
0

Kindle Store awash with auto-generated crap 'books'

ratfox
Silver badge

Making it not free to publish

Heh. I remember Bill Gates also said once that the solution to spam was to make email cost something. THAT did not happen for sure!

That said, I could tentatively agree that publishing a book should not be something you want to do twenty times a day, so a small charge could be justified.

This could however be an interesting experiment: How long before we get software that is able to write a new "original" book from random bits of story? After all Barbara Cartland was able to write 23 "novels" in one year using this method.

0
0

Go Daddy sued over email alerts

ratfox
Silver badge

Why oh why?

Why why why was this patent accepted? Yeah, I know: the USPTO does not give a shit, because the more crap patents they accept, the more their job is secure. Let the courts deal with invalidating them. Lawyers earn money, and everybody is happy. Erm.

H6242

0
0

Microsoft+HTML: The antidote to iOS and Android

ratfox
Silver badge
Windows

Microsoft can be a winner...

If they think fast and act quickly. In other words: forget it. The last time MS displayed this kind of ability was when it created IE double quick and put it on Win95; which for the better or worse gave them a leading position on the browser market for almost a decade.

Is there ANYBODY who can tell me what the windows user icon represents??

0
0

HTTP-on-steroids busts out of Google

ratfox
Silver badge
Coat

PNaCl

Sounds poisonous to me. I want Phosphorus-free salt, thankyouverymuch!

The one with the periodic table in the pocket, thanks

0
0

Facebook hurls insults, punctuation at growth slump report

ratfox
Silver badge
Childcatcher

Re: "XXXX, your friends are missing you"

1) Create a throwaway free mail address (I suggest Hotmail)

2) Set it as your contact address in Facebook

3) Remove your real address from Facebook

4) Delete your Facebook account

5) Forget the password of the throwaway mail address

THEN, you can be free, finally.

What is this icon supposed to represent? Please somebody enlighten me.

0
0

Commons hit by rash of laptop thefts

ratfox
Silver badge
Joke

What do you expect?

When you bring together so many people of low morality...

8
0

EA angers fans over Battlefield 3 pre-order exclusives

ratfox
Silver badge
Thumb Down

I will boycott

Well, I would not have bought it anyway, but...

I am surprised they are not going the Farmville way, and letting you BUY more efficient weapons once you have the game.

...And after six months, new weapons are added, even more efficient. KA-CHING!

0
0

Venice not in major peril after all - new research

ratfox
Silver badge
Trollface

Easy

Great Britain is in peril! Useful Royal Navy sees budgets reduced to pay for expensive European junk planes for the useless Royal Air Force!

1
0

iCloud Communications sues Apple for 'irreparable injury' to trademark

ratfox
Silver badge

iCloud did not register their trademark

So I think they are going to lose, period. In fact, even if they had registered their trademark, they would lose it now for not having enforced it during all these years. As far as I understand, that is how Trademark law works.

2
0

Cloud iTunes DESTROYS music business FOREVER!

ratfox
Silver badge

Quick estimation

I have on average 15 CDs of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Chopin, Mahler, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Rossini, Schubert, Verdi... Those are just the main ones. Classical music adds up fast.

2
1
ratfox
Silver badge

Complete sync?

With about 20 GB of music on my computer, I am not sure I want to have all my music on my iPhone... And I might be wrong, but I do not think that my collection is very large.

0
0

HP WebOS tablet to ship early July

ratfox
Silver badge
Facepalm

Optimistic

I believe that any new entrant on the tablet market should have to realize they have to make it either cheaper or better than the iPad. Better is quite difficult considering the quantity of apps for the iPad, and that its design is mostly satisfactory. So make it CHEAPER. Remember that Toyota made a loss on every Prius sold for the first few years.

2
0

Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app

ratfox
Silver badge

copyright, not patent

Really? As far as I understand, copyright is only infringed if they directly lift his code. As long as they only copy his idea, and rewrite a program that works exactly the same way (being careful to write the code from scratch, and not modifying his code), there is no copyright problem.

IANAL, of course.

0
0
ratfox
Silver badge

Lack of patent

Not patented = up for grabs!

H6242.

2
1

iTunes Match is iPiracy, claims loopy Oz industry troll

ratfox
Silver badge
Mushroom

H6242

No, it is not a codec.

From now on, I will promote the abbreviation in the title for the quote in Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2:

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

0
0

Apple 'spaceship' awaits landing clearance in Cupertino

ratfox
Silver badge
Gimp

Understandable

Seriously, is there anyway a sane city council would refuse a plan like that? I believe that Apple would easily have got the authorization with only half as much glitter, and without even having Saint Steve come hit them with the ol' reality distortion field.

1
2

Speck SeeThru MacBook Air cover

ratfox
Silver badge
WTF?

Sorry, what?

What is this? A review or an advertisement?

What is the point of a "review" that only displays pictures?

Had the old "dead reg" icon still been available, it would have accompanied this post.

0
0

Antimatter hangs around at CERN

ratfox
Silver badge
Boffin

Wrong

10E100 is not 10 to the power of 100. It is ten times 1E100, and 1E100 is 10 to the power of 100.

For instance, 1E111 is ten to the power of eleventy-one. Right?

1
0

Apple hit by new competition complaint as iCloud launches

ratfox
Silver badge
Gimp

Tricky

How are they going to establish that their app is *unfairly* delayed?

They might also have to establish that Apple has to accept third-party apps, which does not seem a given to me. After all, if Apple had said from the beginning they did not accept third-party apps at all, the iPad would probably not be as successful, but I doubt anybody could claim it was anticompetitive behavior.

2
0

Chinese teen flogs kidney to buy iPad

ratfox
Silver badge
Pint

Aaaand that makes 50 upvotes!

Have a cold on me, too.

2
0

California set to impose 'Amazon Tax'

ratfox
Silver badge

@Read much

Do tell, what is the big difference between "use tax" and "sales tax" that make his comment to be invalid? You may think it is obvious, but most people probably believe the distinction to be purely semantic.

0
1

Nokia: When pigeons fly home to roast

ratfox
Silver badge
Windows

Jumping out of the sinking boat

We all knew that Nokia was in trouble... but why MICROSOFT?

Does anyone believe that Nokia would have been considered so doomed, had they gone for the Android route?

Still do not know what the M$ icon is supposed to represent.

3
0

China goes on attack over Google phishing claims

ratfox
Silver badge
Devil

Overreacting

"The claims of so-called Chinese state support for hacking are completely fictitious and have ulterior motives."

I do not recall Google ever said the attacks were supported by the Chinese STATE; merely that they originated in China. Why are they so defensive? Tsk, tsk...

1) It did not happen

2) We did not do it

3) You cannot prove we did it

2
0

Mac trojan evades Apple's brand new security fix

ratfox
Silver badge
Gimp

That one needs to be installed, right?

I suppose the users need to click on "OK" after the message "this application has been downloaded from the internet, do you want to proceed?"

Mac users will have to learn to read, then...

13
2

Canadian prof: Wikipedia makes kids study harder

ratfox
Silver badge
Go

Motivation

I am not surprised in the least that the students are less than motivated when their work is just to be read by their professor before joining the big pile of paper in the sky. I remember very well the feeling of futility that accompanied each and every one of my essays. the goal very quickly becoming to fill the required number of pages with wide margins and large handwriting.

I dare say I put more effort in this single post than in many assignments. Just because you people are reading it.

3
0

US Supremes add 'willful blindness' to patent law

ratfox
Silver badge

Actually...

This ruling makes it harder, not easier, to claim you did not know about the patent. Though it still leaves the possibility that you are in good faith.

4
0

Apple nemesis sues iOS, Mac, and Android devs

ratfox
Silver badge
Facepalm

I really really hope Lodsys loses...

I don't even wish them ill, but if they win, it will soon be impossible to put three lines of code together on ANY device without breaking eleventyone patents. Especially with the way the USPTO seems to grant patents without bothering to check for prior art, relying instead on the courts to sort the chaff from the wheat.

I have the sinking feeling that somebody is running the following script:

while (<PATENT_DB>) {

s/cell phone/tablet/;

apply_for_patent $_;

}

2
0

Apple sues teenager for white iPhone conversion kits

ratfox
Silver badge
Windows

Thanks

Now, what is the Windows user icon about??

0
0
ratfox
Silver badge
Gimp

Lord post

I assume that is why Apple dropped the lawsuit right away. Either they realized how bad it would look, or they just filed it to make a point in the first place: "If we wanted to, we could sue you into oblivion."

From what I understand, only the Apple logo and the iPhone trademark make it illegal; but the infringement is as clear as it could be.

I still don't get what the fanboy icon is supposed to represent.

1
0

Reg hack applauds asinine augmentation

ratfox
Silver badge
Pint

Binary

Byte, Bluetooth...

...Boobies

...Beer!

0
0

The Register - Independent news and views for the tech community. Part of Situation Publishing