* Posts by Rafael 1

74 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

Rafael 1

Re: The joy of the walled garden

Just out of curiosity, what defines a "walled garden"? Is the ability of sideloading apps? Choosing other "official" app stores?

Honestly, just asking. If I am not planning on developing for the tablet (i.e. no need to sideload), nor want to jailbreak it, and just want to get content from the official app/media stores what is the difference?

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

Rafael 1
Pint

Why is it always guys?

Because guys like Stuff. Ask Dave Barry.

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Pony up: Botnet succesfully targets Bitcoin

Rafael 1
Joke

Dogecoin not on the list?

Such trust. Much safety. Very better. Wow.

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Man sues NASA: Mystery Mars rock is a UFO – an unidentified 'FUNGUS' object

Rafael 1

Re: Lost in the bowels of his website:

I salute your courage. Have an upvote.

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Furtive ebook readers push Hitler's Mein Kampf up the charts

Rafael 1

You can get extra points if you read moving your lips and eyebrows a lot. Mumble a bit and nod vigorously a lot, it will ensure some space around you in crowded trains.

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Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

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Yeah, Brazil really has nothing to fear from the US.

We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; but then again there were some nice looking, almost naked ladies on the beach, the sun was great and there were those carts selling coconut water and sugar cane juice all over the place and someone brought a volleyball and we sort of forgot what we're supposed to do.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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Happy

I got the last 17" Macbook Pro, and I'm very glad it came with an optical drive... so I could remove it and install a second HD on its slot.

I've installed the optical drive in an external bay and used it maybe two, three times in one year and a half.

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Google Apps goes TITSUP for millions - users REJOICE on Twitter

Rafael 1
Headmaster

0.007 per cent of its users - which would amount to millions of people

We all love bashing {Google, Apple, Microsoft, aManFromMars}, but if 0.007% of X is "millions" (let's just say 2 millions) then X is 28 billion? Just asking.

Where is the icon for pedantic math nazi alert, or in my case, pedant math drunkard alert?

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Climate change set to bumpify transatlantic flights, say researchers

Rafael 1
Happy

...an inflight glass of wine spilling onto our lap...

Don't worry -- the way things are going airlines will make this threat almost impossible. Inflight glasses of wine will soon cost Us$ 425, credit card or cash, exact change only.

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Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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Unhappy

Re: No Thanks

Just wondering which kind of product placement they'll add to movies/series like Star Wars, The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, Avatar?

Mmmm, middle-earth Pepsi, my preccioussssss

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Japanese gov builds APT database to study targeted attack info

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Facepalm

by using a “fake server” designed

A honeynet? Or something new that will cost 800M Y?

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

Rafael 1
Boffin

What we need

is something like a Drake equation to calculate real problems from forum posts.

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Google Go language gets used: For file-scrambling trojan, though

Rafael 1
FAIL

Great language name! Not confusing at all?

First time I read about it I decided to google "go", then "go tutorial" and "go how to". Finally I've hit something with "go programming" just to learn about Go! (note the !), which seems much more interesting.

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Sharp's slim screen factory 'flogged to death' by Apple

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FAIL

Re: "Cupertino idiot-tax giant"

"I'm not sure I can imagine a Reg that isn't rude about a large corporation."

I think you're not really paying attention to the comments.

One thing is to be rude to companies, which is sort of expected in El Reg, even when the "rudeness" is no more than silly nicknames for the companies ("chocolate factory", "foxconn rebrander", etc) repeated ad nauseam. Some were funny the first two or three times but now are just plain annoying. I have the feeling that some "news" were just excuses to use those nicknames.

Another very different thing is being rude to the readers, regardless of their preferences (or degree of preference) for a brand. Not only it is not funny but immature.

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Why Java would still stink even if it weren't security swiss cheese

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Template

I hate {Java, C, Cobol, Apple, Linux, Windows, math, Starbucks, those little colored things you put in cupcakes} because I was forced to learn it while I wanted to learn {anything but Java, C, etc.}. Later I had to work with people that used {Java, C, etc.} and that didn't help with my personal hatred, so I got some links to websites of people that agree with me and the conclusion is that it must die an horrible death. Here's the article. When can I expect my check?

Next: 30 bazillion of posts in Facebook proves that teaching grammar is useless.

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More reports that Apple plans iPhone 5 September surprise

Rafael 1

Re: Tim Cooks seven incher...

Hi Barry.

And people still buy those -- do you have any explanation besides "they're sheeple and only I know what's better for them"?

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Holographic storage: We're going to do it this time. No, really

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Unhappy

the access time for magnetic media is around a second or so and for holographic storage

Maybe I need more coffee, but around a second to do what? Transfer a byte, a gigabyte, 300 gigabytes?

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Apple CEO: 'Amazon Fire didn't dent our sales'

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Pint

Nothing personal, your take on appletards was very close to what we read from antiappletards. Your imitation was flawless :-)

I am often amazed on how they describe Apple consumers as blind fanatic zealots while saying "I rather join the communist party than buy from Apple" (real quote, search the forum).

No, I am not a Merkin, unless you count South Americans, in this case, please don't.

Have a pint. We South Americans don't care which day of the week it is or even hour of the day.

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Rafael 1
Facepalm

"When are all those Appletard fanbois out there"...

I often wonder whether {radical political|religious|utterly paranoid} nuts write something like that to further incite their clueless followers.

"When are all those [insert offensive but catchy collective name for non-followers] out there going to face up to this and admit that [their belief] is nothing but a huge failure, cobbled together from [whatever unprovable and/or utterly irrelevant factoids] and marketed at [another collective insult], baffled by anything [feature of their belief that may be actually desirable]."

Hey, this is fun. Have one on the house:

"When are all those science-believing muppets out there going to face up to this and admit that evolution is nothing but a huge failure, cobbled together from writings from a man who believed his grandpa was a monkey, baffled by anything that makes sense and can be proved."

Oops - you've used the troll icon. Never mind, keep calling us fanbois. That'll change our minds and ensure we appreciate your points of view.

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X Prize: Build a Star Trek 'tricorder' and win $10m

Rafael 1
WTF?

If you could make it work couldn't you just patent it and/or sell to one big medical equipment company for more than <drEvil>TEN MILLION DOLLARS?</drEvil>

Just asking.

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Angry iPhone users bring antitrust class action against Apple

Rafael 1
FAIL

"Apple will probably''...

Do we have a tinfoil hat icon?

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Amazon goes south with São Paulo data center

Rafael 1
FAIL

"running in São Paulo, Brazil's capital"

"Mr. Journalist", please, please check your facts. Even Wikipedia would do.

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The top five spam subjects sullying inboxes

Rafael 1

Your webmail account is full

I get at least two of those every day, asking me to write down my user name, password, other non-related information; either via a Google docs form or replying to a *consultant.com e-mail.

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Afghan elders refuse to be labelled pimps by number 39

Rafael 1
Pint

24 is....

... associated with homosexuality, but as far as I know only in Brazil.

I know why but 1) it is Friday; 2) it is a silly story and 3) I am too lazy to tell.

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Facebook vows 'consequences' for extreme porn scammers

Rafael 1
Devil

Wallace was criminally charged with hacking more than 500 million Facebook accounts.

500 million accounts? Wow!

SPAM ALL THE ACCOUNTS!

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HARRY POTTER CHAINED to new Sony reader

Rafael 1

Your choice.

"Harry who"?

or

"Get Stephenie Meyer on the phone RIGHT NOW!"

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Is Facebook worth more than Google?

Rafael 1
Thumb Up

Why $1tb?

It isn't a lot of money these days. Ask for One... Hundred... BAJILLION DOLLARS!

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New Yorkers battle giant blindness-causing plants

Rafael 1
WTF?

Shame on you!

There is *nothing* on this article about blindness-causing pants... oh, wait.

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LinkedIn sets float price

Rafael 1
Unhappy

Grrr.

Is this why they've increased the number of messages from people I don't care about and want to add me to their network?

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Calling all commentards: Want some new icons?

Rafael 1

THIS IS WHAT I'M SCREAMING ABOUT

Make the title optional while you're at it.

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

Rafael 1
Go

Memify this!

"The Register" "blood on its hands": 4980

"El Reg" "blood on its hands": 20

"The Pope" "blood on its hands": 24800

"You" "blood on its hands": 523000

"Snooki" "blood on its hands": 3920

"andre the giant" "blood on its hands": 17

"the moderatrix" "blood on its hands": zero hits (so far!)

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Ex-Sun man hails Java renaissance under Ellison

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Schmitle

Or at least do things in a way that does not borks your code every time a new version is released. I liked the idea of having deprecation warnings in Java -- you code would still compile but you've been warned. I am not sure any class was ever deprecated, though.

Anyway, partially agree, but for a more lively discussion ask people who had VB6.0 code then had to migrate to .Net.

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Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA

Rafael 1
Thumb Up

Please do go on

I'm seeing a lot of non-informative news that are just generic enough to scare people and increase readership (by morons) -- in an on-line newspaper site there was a photo of some people waiting in line in an airport with the caption "Japanese population flee the region" or something like that, FFS.

We need a "I Believe in Lewis Page" badge.

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iPad 2? Let's be kind and call it iPad 1.5

Rafael 1
Happy

"Not different enough"

Let's see if I got it:

1) "Unnamed insiders" spread lots of lies^H^H^H^H facts about features for the new, improved iPad.

2) Some of those facts are supported by badly photoshopped pictures leaked from Chinese makers.

3) iPad fails to deliver all those reported improvements. How DARE they?

4) The Reg complains because the iPad is not what they (we? who?) expected.

OK, people, let's play the iPad 3 Game. Spread facts/wish lists about the iPad 3 and let's help with the writing of the next year's report on how it failed to live up to the rumours. I'll start:

The iPad 3 will be released on June 1st, 2011. At the same time the iPad 2 will start selling for 50 bucks, with that fancy cover for free. It will have four -- nay, 16 times the resolution, weight 100 grams (102 for the 3G/4G model), a full telepathic interface, Bose speakers, 1Tb of RAM, ports for SD, Memory Stick, USB 3.0, Firewire, eSata and Thundercats or whatever the name of the new port is, a *physical* keyboard, a carbon fiber body, non-reflective screen, two 14Mp back-facing and two 8MP front-facing cameras and will be, from day one, available in black, white and Ferrari red.

It will still run iOS (version 7.0) so people can still complain about the lack of whatever they want.

Here's a photo of it, got it from a neighboor's dog, which owner, I am quite sure, eats in a Chinese restaurant whose owner is cousin with someone that may or not be a worker in a Chinese company on something that may or not be related to Apple. There are some teeth marks on it, but if you squint really hard you can recognize the features and endlessly (or at least until June 1st) speculate on them.

+----+

| |

+----+

(ok, I am a bad photoshopper).

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Oracle gives 21 (new) reasons to uninstall Java

Rafael 1
Dead Vulture

Re: I dislike this sort of cheap "journalism" too

From the article: "We won't spend much time complaining about Oracle's legal broadside on the Android operating system, but that's another reason you may want to avoid Java."

That explains it all for me -- Oracle is being bad to Android so let's us give Oracle a wedgie by uninstalling Java from our desktops.

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Oracle and Java: Mobile dev FAIL dooms Ellison's future

Rafael 1
Thumb Up

Teaching programming

Some people still use Pascal to teach programming -- not that I'd do that, but I agree that *concepts* are more important than *tools*, at least for teaching programming.

In a side note, I love when I get people's CVs which mention HTML as a programming language... I have to resist the urge to ask them to implement a sorting algorithm in HTML.

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LinkedIn to go public this year

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spam

I'm thinking about joining in so they stop sending me invitations or whatever from people I met just minutes some years ago... several of those contacts were supposed to be students but never showed up in lectures.

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Steve Jobs chops student hack down to size

Rafael 1
Jobs Halo

Lazy students

Once, while working in a local college, I had to deal with complains from a student (administration major) that the librarian "wasn't helping at all with her research".

Following rules, I've asked the librarian about the problem. The librarian told me that the student went to her office asking "what's the difference between culture and civilization". The librarian told the student to search in the encyclopaedia, and five minutes later the student was back complaining that there were entries for culture and for civilization, but not an entry for "difference between culture and civilization".

No sympathy for that student.

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Twitter airport bomb joker loses second job

Rafael 1
Paris Hilton

the Twitter joker victim

It's too early in the morning, so all I can think is "is there a Twitter Batman"?

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Perseid meteors 'thrill star-gazers'

Rafael 1
Heart

I salute you...

... for not putting several long exposure photos and calling them "meteors" as the Daily Mail (and Folha de São Paulo: http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/ciencia/782325-chuva-de-meteoros-da-espetaculo-no-hemisferio-norte-veja-fotos.shtml) did.

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Germany bans BlackBerrys and iPhones on snooping fears

Rafael 1
FAIL

And...

"bans" is not the same as "advise not to use". Even the "ban" being considered will be applied to "certain German ministries".

But hey, they've got our attention.

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Apple as a religion: How the iPhone became divine

Rafael 1
Pint

"they invented the Graphical User Interface"

I don't care -- I also don't care about who invented the mouse, the wheel or the pizza. I just use them.

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Google versus Facebook: stop your photocopiers

Rafael 1
Boffin

I declare...

... this "the desktop is dead and the web is the future" to be the 2010's version of the 1950's "we will have robots and flying cars and weekends on the moon".

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Loud sex ASBO woman spared jail again

Rafael 1
Megaphone

Don't.

There are still many vuvuzelas on the loose, El Reg may be tempted to use some on the soundtrack.

Also, the lady in question is 49. Nothing against the age and the sex, but that isn't something I'd want to see.

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Iomega Prestige Portable 1TB

Rafael 1
Headmaster

I was about to write the same comment...

... in a different way:

Ugh. Colorful but pointless graphics. Edward Tufte'll get you while you're sleeping.

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Google heats up native code for Chrome OS

Rafael 1
FAIL

"Soon you will have 100Mbit Internet in your home."

I've heard that one before -- circa 2000, if I am not wrong.

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F*ck you, thunders disgruntled fanboi Apple user

Rafael 1
Dead Vulture

Come on...

Who is really, truly obsessed by Macs, iPads and iPhones, and can't talk about anything else? Regtards, of course.

I am surprised we don't see more "news" like:

"New botnet discovered -- by a AV researcher who, when asked, said the iPad is cool"

"Naomi chucks another phone at a servant... if it was as heavy as an iPhone it would really hurt"

"Watch out for the next Microsoft's Patch Tuesday -- iPhone upgrades not included"

"Obama says Nasa will go again to the moon... which is orbiting the Earth... which contains several million iPhones."

"Several UK voters used their iPhones before voting -- what does it mean?"

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Steve Jobs bans all apps from iPhone (or thereabouts)

Rafael 1
FAIL

Ho hum...

Yet another "stop doing what Steve Jobs says and do as I say" visionary.

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Apple backs down from Pulitzer putsch

Rafael 1
Happy

Yeah, right.

"We can only hope that Apple has learned a lesson about freedom of expression - but, to be frank, no breath is being held here at Vulture Central."

Heh, I bet you like Apple just the way it is -- much easier to write about it this way, right?

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Adobe man to Apple: 'Go screw yourself'

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FAIL

"Consumers should react !"

<sarcasm>Yeah, they should stop doing what Steve Jobs tell them to and start listening to YOU!</sarcasm>

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"A democracy is when I order you around. A dictatorship is when you order me around. -- Millor Fernandes"

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