* Posts by Mikel

1689 posts • joined 19 Oct 2008

Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Purloined letters

In the US stolen secrets that come to light are evidence - unless it is the government that stole them in the first place. The protection against warrantless search and seizure is a protection of the citizen against the government. Losing control of your secrets to the public at large making them no longer secret is a whole other thing no different than Sony accidentally publishing them themselves. In fact in this case Sony's own servers were doing exactly that.

So yes, Attorneys General across the US may be considered notified of any untoward activity that might be revealed in this evidence, compel Sony to cough up their own copies directly, and prosecute to fulfill their duty to protect the public. But they won't.

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Oops

It would be unfortunate if the other studios - and the private email accounts of their executives - were stolen as well. The network of copyright cartel political corruption might be laid bare. The Hollywood economy would be crushed, and campaign contributions would fall. Thousands of the idiot cousins of the politically powerful or bureaucratically leveraged would have to find honest work where you actually have to go somewhere and do something useful to get your pay.

Oh please, dire hackers, be satisfied with hacking Sony. Don't visit us with that horrible fate.

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Android gives Google a search monopoly? Not so fast, says judge

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97% of the desktop

Also, at the time mobile wasn't a significant share. The desktop was pretty much the only choice.

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Friday: SpaceX will attempt to land rocket on floating, robotic 'spaceport drone ship'

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Good luck in January

Rocket science is, well, rocket science. The whole point is to make the tube explode in a particular way. I think Musk's crew will figure this out. The prize is billions of dollars worth of free rockets.

I am very excited about what happens from there, especially with Lockheed Martin's talk of a small fusion generator and the NASA Dawn mission to Ceres. These three things have a certain synergy.

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Net Neut: Verizon flips the bird to FCC on peering deal crackdown

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can't / won't

>You can't stop us creating web traffic fast-lanes, telco says

More like "You won't stop us you whining rentboy."

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Ah, Sony

Remind us again why we despise you.

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BLAM! Max Sound flings vid codec sueball Number FOUR at Google

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Google's free Codec

Now that Google is full partner with MPEG-LA, these nuisance suits are gnats. Google have their own fully vetted patent portfolio for VPx, and are protected by the patent pool for H.26x. These stories of some lone video patent gunman might be interesting in the one in a billion chance that the lawyers actually get paid. In the mean time Google is well served by their strategy: we do not negotiate with conmen or terrorists.

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Re: Notes left by execs

Lawyers make incendiary claims when filing suit. More on your nightly news at 10.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Seems OK to me

The new style seems an upgrade to me. Not sure about the mouse over business as I am all mobile now and don't have a mouse to hover. Have not noticed any missing critical functionality yet.

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Chum's house burnt down? Facebook mulls 'DISLIKE' button for that

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The lack of negative feedback tapped the universal narcissist in us all

Facebook is exhibitionism without fear of criticism. It monetizes the basic human craving for attention. It is not going to add a thumbs down.

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Google and Microsoft, sitting in a tree,
L I C E N S I N GEE!

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Microsoft + Google partnership

I'll take "signs of the apocalypse" for 100 Alex.

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Kaspersky exposes SONY-CRIPPLING malware DETAILS

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Forensic challenge

The big difficulty here is finding out which group that totally compromised Sony made the most nuisance of themselves. It's quite a cast.

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

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A money burning exercise

It always has been.

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

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Showing stuff like this

Well that link was completely useless on my phone. Does Bing even mobile?

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Endowment

I am OK with Wikimedia building up such a surplus of funds that it need never ask for money again. It isn't like people aren't giving freely.

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

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We will know one day

If there is DNA contamination found in the probes we send down to Ceres, then we will know for sure. I am expecting they find actual DNA not far below the surface, and further down, soup.

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Thought tab sales were in the toilet this year? Hah! Wait for next

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Tabs will do fine

IDC and Gartner are legendary for calling the wrong play. Tabs will do fine this holiday, though iPads may be flat. I am even expecting the new $99-199 Windows tabs to do passing fair.

Chromebooks and cheap laptops too. TVs at fire sale prices. But not 3D, nor curved. The new 4K TVs should have their first breakout success as well.

Nothing will do as well as smart phones though.

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NASA 'nauts have a go on Star Trek replicator IN SPAAAAACE (sort of)

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Re: 3D printing with metal is hard on earth

NASA already commissioned a metal printer on Earth. It is supposed to be spaceworthy, but they probably don't want to risk it in confined quarters on ISS.

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Wasn't it all supposed to be so different by now, Meg?

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Cast off the boat anchor

PC biz is unprofitable.

Bill Veghte (formerly of Microsoft) will take over for Meg as she sets her sights on another world to conquer. No doubt he will continue to ensure that HP enterprise and cloud management consoles all require IE for no rational reason.

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

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People like iPhones.

They are not for me, but hey, if they can get people to pay this much for them why not cheer them on?

What is the cash pile situation like?

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What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight

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Play store

Most of the value of any Android phone is in the Play Store. No Play, no pay.

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Google's elves work on Santa to rein(deer) in grinchware

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Google uses a lot of Macs

They have ever since all their Windows PCs in China got hacked through IE. No Windows at Google now, unless justified to the CIO - in person.

No doubt they see no reason not to share their internal app signing and white listing system, for the good of all.

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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More and better

There will be no lack of material for stories like this in the years to come.

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Reuse the Force, Luke: SpaceX's Elon Musk reveals X-WING designs

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Launch failure

From the launch video, any sort of launch failure could lead to an impromptu BBQ.

I would not bet against Elon Musk. The guy seems to be a winner. The reusable rockets scenario has high promise. If he can't get commercial cargos for the reused rockets it looks like he can launch his own Skynet.

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Frisky patent WAR: Samsung seeks to BLOCK Nvidia graphics chips from US market

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You try to block our products

We try to block yours. Everybody loses.

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HP boss Meg Whitman shuffles exec pawns just before biz splits

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At the time

Apothecker wanted to cut loose the PC and acquire Autonomy. At the time I said he was a genius for the former and a fool for the latter. Got a lot of heat for that here, and HP went the opposite way. Now we see how that turned out on both. How is Meg still in charge?

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Naval Gazing

The opportunities for humor on this split are going to be rich.

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First in line to order a Nexus 6? AT&T has a BRICK for you

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Re: "Do no evil"...?

Hey - this is AT&T and Lenovo. No need to call Google out on this one :)

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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Funded by Google's oppostition

I would say their competition, but that would be factually incorrect, yes?

"Make Google be not so good. Oh and if you could fetch us their secret sauce recipe too that would be nice."

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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What?

Someday WP will become relevant to somebody somewhere? Shocker!

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Re: Windows 10

That was glorious. Thanks.

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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Re: MS, please help me understand

S. Nadella took an Axe

He gave Nokia forty whacks

When he saw what he had done

He gave trusted computing forty one.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/19/ms_shutters_twc/

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Re: so much for...

The next one though, that one will be fresh baked from scratch.

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Patch

And patch again. There are more where these came from.

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Smartphone chip champ Qualcomm says it's ARMed for server wars

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It would be good to see their weight thrown in

They definitely have it to throw.

Stacked designs show a lot of promise. Imagine moving to quad core 64 bit ARM with a decent GPU, 16GB RAM and 128GB stacked on top all in one package. Then mount them 8 or 16 to the module and see how tight you can jam them in to a rack.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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Cloud down

Fog.

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LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: why not here?

Billions of suns for eight billion years before Sol's first light. Stars born and burned out their life before there ever was a man to look into the night sky and ask, "are we alone?"

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Nvidia doubles Tesla grunt at SC14

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only $5000

What a great card. Xeon Phi looks sharp enough to compete too.

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FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools

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Mandate his bosses products

Thinking of the children I am sure.

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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Re: Ah Miguel

The devil offers a good salary, but the retirement plan sucks.

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Ah Miguel

The cost of loyalty becomes apparent.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_de_Icaza

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Make mine with Linux

Am not sure what possessed Intel to make a 64 bit CPU that only supports 1 GB of RAM in 2014 but whatever. A Linux tablet for $100 with these specs would not be too bad.

I would still feel bad about swelling the Windows sales figures. But at least Microsoft isn't getting any unearned profit

Thing is, we put 2013 Nexus 7s under the tree for the whole family last year. Dealing with these crappy screens might consign even a Linux tablet like this to the hobby projects bench now. Robotics applications might be interesting, or balloons. Multipoint cameras and the like. It's Raspberry Pi for folks who prefer a more complete kit.

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Philae healthier... beams CHEESE: Proud ESA shows off FIRST COMET SURFACE PIC

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Way to go

I hope they get it enough light to do some science. But landing on a comet alone is amazing.

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

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Poor Leawood Kansas

Leawood was going to get Google fiber, then it wasn't, then it was going to get AT&T fiber, now it isn't. Maybe Verizon should come tease them with their FiOS as well, then pull it away.

http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article3540109.html

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Fiber to the press release

Now no fiber to the press release.

AT&T really dodged a bullet here by not ever putting their money where their mouth was. Unless they never intended to. /s

Roll on Google Fiber! Light that pipe. Go rainbow bunny, go!

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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MT @esaoperations: Harpoons confirmed fired & reeled in. Flywheeel now be switched off. @Philae2014 is on the surface of #67P #CometLanding

8:12am - 12 Nov 14

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Help us Google Fiber

You're our only hope!

I'm all in favor of granting Tom Wheeler extended accommodations at Guantanamo Bay Resort. President Obama did appoint the top cable and wireless industry lobbyist to chair the FCC though. It isn't like he can pretend to be surprised.

I think I am going to go with my original comment on this. "If they can't get no regulation at all, muddled unenforceable regulation will do. Heck, it might even be better as they can tie up potential upstarts in red tape and sue them into submission."

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Firefox decade: Microsoft's IE humbled by a dogged upstart. Native next?

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Third party app crashes on Windows. Check.

Competes with Microsoft product. Check.

Shocker! Shades of Borland and Lotus.

Now buy Office for your Android. What could possibly go wrong?

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