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3365 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Japanese boffins build internet kissing machine

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Japanese are weird

No, seriously, they are!

Daddy, what were you doing when the 2011 Tsunami hit? Well, son, you see, I was developing my Internet kissing machine.

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Wikileaks: Canadian piracy arrests were favor to movie biz man

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Finger pointing

The link from arrest to overdose is rather weak... And were it not for the overdose, this would be a non-story. The fact that the RCMP is not usually arresting cammers does not mean they should never do it. All in all, I am not schocked.

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Beyoncé sued over aborted videogame deal

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Anything to do with video games...

Ends up on Reg Hardware.

No, I don't know why either...

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China sets out space-station plan, asks public to name it

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Pure BS

Since when does the Chinese government ask the opinion of its citizens?

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Airborne killer robot destroys Libyan anti-aircraft missile

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Drone destroying a SAM in flight

I thought the same too... but in my mind, the "destroying" part was done by flying still and getting hit.

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'Anti alpha' mirror-matter made from gold in atomsmasher

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Let me get this straight (ha!)

If ever the probe on the ISS detects anything, it will mean that we are surrounded by anti-matter, and soon to disappear in a flash of energy?

Brilliant!

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Apple component lock-ups jump 40%

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Impressive

Now THAT is a good use of money in the bank. Large commitments means cheap components, which means larger margins.

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Apple seals $66bn in Jobsian wallet

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Dividends and buybacks

Historically, investors have regarded dividends and buybacks as admissions that the company did not know how to use the cash effectively. This is considered as a terrible failure.

Look at RIM: they bought back their stock last year... You would think this indicates confidence, and that market force should make the stock prize rise... But that has very much not been the case.

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Robotic waiter service uses Kinect to see

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What about Roomba?

iRobot has offered a fully programmable version of their vacuum cleaner for years...

In fact, a team at IBM has made a robot detecting hot spots in data centers out of it:

http://domino.research.ibm.com/library/cyberdig.nsf/papers/FB4733344CA23D5B852577C400542369

BTW, I believe the "turtle" thing is meant to appeal to old fans of LOGO...

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Japanese gov makes Fukushima evac zone compulsory

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In before...

Comments that the government is banning people from entering the zone in order to hide that the radioactivity level is far higher than they report.

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Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict

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Sometimes I wish I was so shameless

Who needs to be productive and actually invent things, when you can just patent known techniques, wait ten years, and sue in hope that the company will pay?

A sum of $5 millions is calculated so that Google might just pay to get rid of the problem and hope they will go away bother somebody else.

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Cops refuse to say if they secretly snarf cellphone data

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Give them the money

Then sue them to get it back. The idea that a freedom of information request could be stopped by just asking arbitrary large amounts of money is frankly disturbing.

Hands up everybody who thinks the real cost of providing the information is anywhere that high? Thank you.

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Sanity saver: Fedora 15 answers Ubuntu's Unity

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@relax: Oh, ok

Allrighty then.

Thanks for humoring us alarmists!

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Hang on, no overlapping?

I did not try it, but people seem to say you cannot overlap windows...!?

Maybe *you* don't multitask, but I have seen people writing code while watching a video on youTube. And checking at the same time the stock market minute by minute in a third window. My question is: Can you do all that without alt-tabbing continuously?

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Apple sues Samsung over Galaxy look-and-feel

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Infringement of 6 trademarked icons!!

Example: FLOWER ICON

http://www.ptodirect.com/Results/Trademarks?query=%283%2C886%2C200%29[SN%2CRN]

"The color(s) yellow, blue, green, brown, black, gray and white is/are claimed as a feature of the mark. The mark consists of a gray, white, and blue rectangle with rounded corners depicting a stylized flower in the colors green, yellow, brown, black, white and gray."

You mean lawyers get paid to do this??

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What's their point?

I thought that you needed to claim that a patent or something was infringed in order to sue...

I mean yeah, they do look very much the same, and the iThingies were inspiration but I am not sure that is illegal in any way... (and it is not clear to me that the design had never been used before)

I take it that aiming at a semi-friendly furnisher is a preparation for the big target starting with G.

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Apple smears Web2.0rhea across online support

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What a high score brings?

I thought it gave you a longer, larger and more impressive... Sense of achievement. Right?

PH also gives a longer, larger, etc.

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XXX domain names go live

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Success

I am in awe of the business gambit ICM just won. They practically created for themselves an eternal source of free money. Without contributing anything of any significance to society.

It makes me want to puke.

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Apple spits out increment iOS version

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Relative ease?

It may be me, but I think that you underestimate the difficulty here, both of unlocking the platform and of developing a platform that cannot be unlocked at all.

Anyway, Apple has probably done a cost-analysis and estimated how much money they were willing to stop people from unlocking their iThings. I believe users are not that bothered by the patching... Except those that do want to unlock their toys, but that is the point, innit?

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Google native code browser plug-in gets tickled

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Wait... People still use Tcl?

It has been a while since I have heard anything about it. Maybe I hang around the wrong people.

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US Marines splurge on Brit troops' armoured pants

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Silk underwear?

Strewth! I need a beer.

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UK is 15th best place in the world to do IT

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Semi-useless rankings

Well, not completely, but one should not sweat the details of who is just behind whom... This takes into account various stuff such as "broadband penetration" and "smartphone ownership" which can plumb a country without having much influence on the actual work conditions of IT employees.

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Good idea

Not that I am on dial-up, but this should IMO have been included in the article... Or at least, say, the position of US.

Bad reg!

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Ex-Microsoft man charged with scamming Ballmer and Co

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Crook. Go to jail. Do not pass Go.

In before jokes that M$ has way too much money anyway.

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Writers sue Huffington Post for back pay

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I'd be pissed off too, if I was one of the bloggers.

But then again, nobody forced them to post there. And whoever wrote the T&Cs certainly thought of a way to protect the site from this.

This is going to be VERY interesting.

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Facebook twins lose court case

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Completely agree, they are creepy

And I have proof! Using the Assange™ technique, we find:

71,800 Google results for "creepy Winklevoss twins"

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Google hits 'prove we killed no Afghans' – Assange™

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florida pastor blood on hands

A cool 6,840,000 results... But get this:

bbc blood on hands – 28,900,000 results! Ouch.

Wonderful logic, Assange™

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Duke Nukem Girls give it some on video

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Bad move

There are a few good FPS already... But if they want to compete in the titillating business, the competition is overwhelming.

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Feds defend Twitter dragnet on WikiLeaks supporters

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Learn to read

I was commenting on the creative spelling of the OP, not on the correct one. This is precisely why I said Hippocrates had nothing to do with it, because as you said, his name is very different from the *correct* spelling.

Next: The subject of the article is not an internal military memo, so your experience in the service is irrelevant. It is a legal filing. I fail to see how the disclosure of a request for Twitter records of WikiLeaks supporters can result in dead armed force personnel; but maybe you can imagine a contrived scenario for this?

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wrongdoings, hypocrisy

Leave Hippocrates alone, he had nothing to do with it.

...If they had not thought this objectionable, they would not have made the filing confidential.

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US gov mulls issuing terrorist warnings on Twitter, Facebook

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Sensible

Considering a government alternative would likely be, if not necessarily very expensive, certainly more expensive... And would likely reach less people.

Then again... http://xkcd.com/723/

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Energy crisis over - for 250 years?

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Somebody suggests doing away with gas no matter what since we will have to do it in 250 years anyway. Assuming we don't find more until then.

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Spanish cops rush to cuff 'webcam killer'

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Good reaction time

Honestly, I would not have thought that the Romanian police could make the Spanish police act within 45 minutes.

We often complain about cops, but we should not forget to praise them when they do something right.

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Baby Googles: The answer to the Chocolate Factory dominance?

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Paying for internet services

This already exists to some point... There are paying services out there, that are used by companies who don't mind spending money and like to have technical support. I understand you can even get support from Google if you pay for it.

But unless you find a way to make them illegal, there will always be free email on the web, and it is very likely that the general population will flock to it. And THIS is what Google is good at, not making people pay for its services.

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Dell, HP badmouth Apple's iPad

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What's a VAR?

Even the article linked did not offer a definition.

Vendor... Affiliate... R... R... Rebate? Nah. Robot? That would be for android. Reseller? Ah, Vendor And Reseller? Weird. Ok, googled it: Value Added Resellers.

Funny, of the three words I had, Reseller is the one I would have doubted the most. I would think that the whole idea of "reseller" does not sit well with Apple. The way they see it, there is only one company allowed to sell anything to their customers; and anybody else is a parasite trying to leech off of their success. Maybe that could be why they don't encourage it?

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Apple's 'App Store trademark': A farce of Jobsian proportions

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You mean logic should actually apply to Trademark laws?

Who would have thunk?

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Take-Two talent call betrays Grand Theft Auto V

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And already, I feel like playing it

Is this great advertising or what?

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Google's 'clean' Linux headers: Are they really that dirty?

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Typical law argument

When both sides accuse the other of using Insane Troll Logic.

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Comodo-gate hacker brags about forged certificate exploit

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Single hacker

Yet we were told that only a government could pull it off. Seems like this is becoming a standard excuse in the industry: We are but a poor commercial company, what can we do against the secret hacking units of governments... This could not be possibly due to our own incompetence!

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iPad 2 tougher than iPad 1. True

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Good commercial

For the repair shop, I mean. I assume that we will be able to see soon that it blends...

If they put more force on the iPad1 screen, it is because it is less flexible... The point being that they bended both over one inch, but only the iPad1 screen broke.

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MySQL.com hacked via... SQL injection vuln

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Doesn't anybody use prepared statements or what?

I fail to sympathize with any organization that fails to use prepared statements and gets hit by an SQL injection.

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FCC official: AT&T deal faces 'steep climb' for approval

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On the face of it...

There is no need for a year of thinking about it.

The answer should be NO, and not only NO, but HELL NO.

I don't even see the point of pretending otherwise... Apart from the obvious corruption that will be involved, of course.

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BlackBerry bans drink-drive apps

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Why don't the police buy the app?

Then they can move the checkpoint whenever it is reported

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Fukushima's toxic legacy: Ignorance and fear

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So THAT is why!

I have been wondering about these URLs for months. I actually thought it was a weird random bug in the web site.

Thank you for the explanation, good sir. Have a cold one.

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Judgment stalls Google book settlement

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Huh?

I don't get it. Can a judge stop a settlement agreed between parties?

Not that he is wrong, really. I guess Google will appeal until the Supreme Court has its say...

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China rejects Google snoop claims

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If they really want to go back to China

They'd better keep their mouth shut.

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RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet release slips

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Japan

That might be a reason for the delay. Earthquakes and stuff.

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Microsoft+IE9: Holier than Apple open web convert?

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Incredible

How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!

Microsoft is afraid of becoming irrelevant on the web.

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Amazon is best hope of a viable alternative to iPad

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Title

Isn't market fragmentation precisely a reason to choose to develop an iPhone App? There are few other models that are sold in greater numbers. If you develop for android, you have to be ready to debug for the many handsets, which are way more varied than the iPhone models.

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IBM accused of bribery in China, South Korea

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What choice do they have?

You might as well forbid them of doing business in these countries...

Note that the only problem comes from the fact that in these backward places, they do not have a extended system of corru^H^H^H^H^H lobbying like the US have.

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