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'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'

Rodrigo Rollan

Iphone, shmIphone....has anyone thought of the children ?????

I believe that the fingerprint reader concept is cool as a gimmick but ultimately it will go the way of the Dodo or at least be as used as it currently is for personal computers: something a minority uses. The idea of Spooks obtaining fingerprints from this reader I find it quite romantic, to say the least, given that obtaining fingerprints is really trivial.

I am however, more concerned of the last part of this article: Natural selection being replaced by cultural selection. Has anyone recently checked the latest trends, fads, religions, etc ? the movie IDIOCRACY comes to mind.....

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ATTACK of the ROBOT BANKERS brings stock market to its knees

Rodrigo Rollan
Terminator

Dr Stross. Paging Dr Charles Stross

Mr Stross wrote about this in his fictional work and now we see it acting in reality. I am preety scared if other of his ideas come to life (Rule 34 and the evil offspring come to mind).

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Microsoft's 'official' Windows 8 Survival Guide leaks

Rodrigo Rollan
Facepalm

Re: Piss off

To add to Spartacus(ssesssss) comment, pressing control + P in a touchscreen device is not trivial. Doing it a the Citrix Xendesktop (yeah I know, right?) requires for that specific shortcut to be created, etc. So It is quie strange to remove the obvious user interface options we use in EVERY SINGLE PRODUCTIVITY APP.

In fact, if they love their damn ribon so much, why not create a windows_menu_to_ribon automatic conversor: almost every windows app uses windws menues, why not create a single application that can represent it as a ribon and create a single user experience ?

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A lesser-known new feature in iOS 6: It's tracking you everywhere

Rodrigo Rollan
Stop

Re: This is ridiculous (as is the usual drivel coming out Business Insider)

I have two observations to make:

I am not quite wure you can "opt out" since it only says it will track you less, not that it will stop tracking you altoghether.

My other concern is with the "everywere "statement. You say it is not going to track your location. I don`t know exactly how the algorythms asociated with this work, so I have no idea wether it is going to track users using location as part of the logic or if is , perhaps, going to update the ID base on location. Or if it is going to send (ID, current location) to the service in order for marketers to target you and make offers in your general direction. Judging from the marketers "excitement" with this feature, my guess is for the worst.....

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Why the Apple-Samsung verdict is good for you, your kids and tech

Rodrigo Rollan
Unhappy

Behold !

It took me 5 minutes: Samsung F700, Release 2007. Rectangle with round corers, touch screen , Square icons.

The legal system sucks gonads.....

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Pentagon develops 'Plan X' for next-gen online combat

Rodrigo Rollan
Coffee/keyboard

Re: The US was built on stolen IP

The only part of this article that actually caught my eye. So no US ever stole any IP from anyone willingly...it just happened, AMIRIGHT ?

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HP to spin off webOS division as Gram stealth subsidiary

Rodrigo Rollan

Re: Is this English?

Levering has come to be known as Leveraging, in financial communities. This may have originally been a slang adaptation, since leverage was a noun, however, modern dictionaries (such as Random House Dictionary and Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law) refer to its use as a verb as well. It was first adopted for use as a verb in American English in 1957

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Microsoft dumps Metro from Windows 8

Rodrigo Rollan
Coffee/keyboard

Re: Epic fail

I just read your post with Fat Bastard's voice in my head (fat Scottish stereotype, Austin Powers Character).....Brilliant

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Samsung tells Apple: Quit your 'frivolous' whining over court doc leak

Rodrigo Rollan
Stop

Re: Playground stuff again

While I wholeheartedly agree about lawyers being paid to do a better job, I feel the company they represent (and by extension the result of the trial which results in legal precedents) will be punished for something that they should not be punished for.

Imagine you are sentenced to death penalty because you lawyer messed up by something like this and tell me if you still find it correct.

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Facebook cybersquatter stitched up by own Facebook account

Rodrigo Rollan
Angel

RE: Timberlake, is that swamp full of wood?

Dilbert, is that you ?????

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2012-05-26/

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Rodrigo Rollan
Meh

Re: Justin Timberlake?

Since the dawn of communications, humanity has led a fruitless war: how to embed irony, humor and other even subtle metadata to allow for transparent point to point exchanges of information (also called protocol).

It is a hard fight and there are no winners....

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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

Rodrigo Rollan
Thumb Up

Re: Gentlemen , choose your poison

@Destroy all Monsters : indeed. But if my memory serves me right, the REAL Holy Wars never ended well , if indeed they have ever ended..... So this is another Really smart reason to fight right ? RIGHT ?!

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Rodrigo Rollan
Stop

Gentlemen , choose your poison

Don't get me wrong. I love The register. I love the comments section. I've learned a lot reading other people's comments and made a few contributions myself. But i am more and more often picking a trend that is starting to become an annoyance: the never ending feud between faction A and faction B (for variable values of a A and B, mainly Apple iOS-Android, Apple-Google, Apple-Microsoft, Linux-Windows, etc.).

I know, people tend to be hot blooded (I love a good OS Bashing amongst friends) but seriously, I cannot but shriek when I see that some people defend brands or business models as if their lives depended on them. Like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, IBM or whatever ? buy their products. They are all imperfect, prone to fail and will disappoint you eventually, because believe it or not even though they make your life easier than ever, provide you with countless features and are beautiful to the eye (of the beholder) they are only things made by a company to make money. That is it. And believe it or not, those companies will go out of their way to deprive you of your joy if that is what makes their bottom line blacker. So be kind, rewind and stop killing each other over utter bollocks.

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Facebook stock plunge leaves tax-dodge Saverin WORSE off. Haa ha

Rodrigo Rollan

Re: @More likely...America's bruised ego

Well there is nothing intrinsically wrong with it. In my case once I turned 18 I chose to work and support most of my expenses (study, health, food,entertainment) leaving only housing which my family provided for me until I could do it myself. I think it is healthier for people to take care of themselves as soon as possible or at least attempt to do it in order to grow up. IMHO if you keep providing everything for your kids they will never have a true grasp of how things work, how money is earned and well spent, etc. I am not advocating abandoning them to their luck, but leaving the nest is a requirement for adulthood.

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Study reveals high price of smut addiction

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Statitistics are inconclusive, 90 percent of us know that

How do you define "Extreme porn viewing"? "Smut addiction" is exactly what ? How do yo exactly go from watching porn to having legal or interpersonal problems ? I am quite partial to the idea that it might be a symptom but definitively not the cause of their problems. And also , please provide d definition for relationship or interpersonal problems, since one mans meal is another mans poison (replace man with woman for same results).

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Oakley: 'smart' sunglasses ready to shine

Rodrigo Rollan
Terminator

Re: They're called "Glades"

Stross has them coinedas as a custom rig that our hero uses on a daily basis, hooked up to his personal cloud (his exocortex, an extension of his own brain) and enables him to do oh so many things. If I could get my hands on such a custom rig, not depending on any particular company to provide the service, overlya ads and most importantly , sell my life to the highest bidder, I´d pay top Dolar / Euro / Peso for it.

T-800 because i want to be one

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'Don't break the internet': How an idiot's slogan stole your privacy...

Rodrigo Rollan
Coffee/keyboard

Re: freedom?

"The land that no shoed person shall enter" YOU HAVE EARNED MY RESPECT GOOD SIR

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Hackers jailbreak new iPad hours after it hits the shelves

Rodrigo Rollan

Re: Apple TV3

Sarcasm ?

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New Yorker sues Apple: 'Misleading and deceptive' Siri ads

Rodrigo Rollan
Coat

The first thing i thought of exactly

What if it is pondering the most asked questions and using them as a sort of response cache? How long before it inevitably leads you to porn sites ? You know, the one and only true answer to anything in the internet is porn....or 47.

I am getting my coat while I type this.

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Banks toss $8bn into Facebook's lap ahead of IPO

Rodrigo Rollan

Re: Revenue?

As Ollie pointed out before, the product is you (and Soilent Green is people). They sell profiling information for marketing purposes and who knows what else. I tend to avoid falling for the conspiracy theory crowd, but most users provide with enough information about their habits, purchase prospects, travel plans, etc to dwarf any data mining effort done to date (IMO).

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Will Apple set up shop in Walmart warehouses?

Rodrigo Rollan
Mushroom

Bazinga

It's like a million hipsters / trend lovers / exclusivity maniacs cried in horror

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Top RIM jobs were too powerful and had to go - inquiry

Rodrigo Rollan
Joke

Outrage

Why ,OH Why ?! Oh March Ides, Oh Northern winds , Hear our cry ! Take anything but the Powerful RIM Jobs we love so dearly.........

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The Pirate Bay torrents printable 3D objects

Rodrigo Rollan
Go

Here´s looking at you Cahrlie Stross

As someone else mentioned, many alternatives to 3D printing have been explored in Rule34 by Charles Stross and his previous novels (Accelerando bein IMHO his Opera Prima in terms of futurology).

Kudos Charly, you´ve done it again you Magnificent Bastard

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Boffins one step closer to Terminator vision

Rodrigo Rollan

Perhaps text could move instead of your peepers?

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How gizmo maker's hack outflanked copyright trolls

Rodrigo Rollan
Holmes

I would use the fair use defence

Since I own the output media (TV, Monitor, etc.) I would defend my right to be able to display whatever I like on it. Since I am not tempering with the content, simply adding more content on the output I would argue that it is fair use. For instance, PIP (as mentioned by a fellow Reg Reader) and even OSD falls in this category (those lovely menus our currents TV sets use control them).

Nevertheless, I never doubt lawyers to be able to convince people that black is white, red is blue and cows can fly.

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Hadron Collider 'could act as telephone for talking to the past'

Rodrigo Rollan
Alert

The end of Eternity

Hope it is near.....

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Facebook death lists spook Colombian town

Rodrigo Rollan
Alert

Creepy

The state government secretary for Putumayo Department is called "Verdugo", Wich translates literally to Executioner. Nice touch.....

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Colorado vampire drives woman into canal

Rodrigo Rollan
Go

Twilight

If I saw one of the cast members, I'd sure as hell run them over and take them out of their misery...

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Google: Flash stays on YouTube, and here's why

Rodrigo Rollan

Also...

No subtitles, No embedded comments, etc.... not only Ads guys.

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World Cup streaming to choke corporate networks, doomsayers predict

Rodrigo Rollan
Go

Exactly

My company, facing the fact that most employees would use streaming in some form (and we have to face the fact that a lot of alternatives will be available during the World Cup and it might be overkill to block them all) or just skip work alltogether, came up with the idea of internally hosted streaming. Two cheap computers and an encoding pci card later, and we are now all enjoyin all matches live over the corporate network.

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Apple demands public apology for iPhone parody

Rodrigo Rollan
Stop

Who is to blame ?

I pin this one down on Ellen, other than Apple. She apologised, she is the weakest link here. For all I care, apple can kiss my beloved bottom if they demand an apology. It's comedy. If they can't handle a parody, perhaps they should not be selling their products to the general public, only Fans.

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What does HP want with Palm?

Rodrigo Rollan
Stop

My thoughts exactly

When I read the bit about having a stack of patents to protect against other players to be able to succeed in the mobile computer market, my spine chilled just a little. I hope it does not come to that, but knowing the habits of the corporate predator.

Reading the titles of the patents makes me wonder: using a mobile computing device to make phone calls. Skype is F**ED then: My netbook does that. And using a vertical support for a portable computer....are you serious ?

I´ll try to patent "Thing that does stuff". If it flies I´ll be rich. Now i Know what came between "Collect underpants" and "Profit" in the gnomes plan.......PATENT !

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Microsoft's Linux patent bingo hits Google's Android

Rodrigo Rollan
Thumb Down

I hope Google....

grew some inmense set of bollocs and went for Microsoft just for the fun of it. I know it is not likely to happened, but I'd really love to see their faces when someone with deep pockets called their bluff. It really pisses me off to read about how company's use Patent infringment as a means of extorsion

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Developers turn sour on Apple iPad

Rodrigo Rollan
Alien

I come from planet Ergaoml 234....

@bennet278: was that what is often described as Sarcasm ? I am yet to understand this form of human humorous expression

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Why the Google antitrust complaint is not about Microsoft

Rodrigo Rollan
Stop

I was wondering somthing along those lines

As I read the article one thing kept ringing in my head: is there any actual law they are breaking by punting their (or their paying customers) products ? A good example would be: let's sue any of the major TV networks for showing lame products instead of good ones. Trash-food instead of healthy food. Expensive , polluting cars instead of green ones, etc.Let's face it: They are showing other results , only displaying their offer above others. I honestly think there is no way of contesting this.

Obliviously ,there is no such thing as neutrality when their revenue comes from ads. They punt their Adsense customers over more relevant results because that's what they pay for. If people are predictable and choose the first results they can only be charged of playing the human nature card. It's like any commercial: they highlight the good things about a product, quietly omitting the bad things. Can you imagine if Marketing/Sales/Publicity agencies had to actually say everything good and bad about a product ? Now that's a law i´d like to see passed.

Don't get me wrong: I am scared senseless of Google's power. They can pretty much rewrite history if they commit to do it ! Just pointing out that this is not the way to catch them with their pants down.......

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Apple turns the flamethrower on Android

Rodrigo Rollan
Coffee/keyboard

Sanity check

I´ll give it a try and Patent "a system that does one or more things according to instructions indicated by one or more users". If it flies , just about anything is up for grabs !

Seriously, the US legal and patent system should be checked for consistency

@ Steve 70: You sir owe me a keyboard.......

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World of Google zombies mistake news story for Facebook

Rodrigo Rollan
Gates Horns

This is Bill's Fault too !

Dear Bill Gates,

you made it "easy" for everyone to use a computer. Now we have to read this. Shame ! Shaaaaaaame on you ! You owe me a new set of eyes and some brain cells.

Best regards,

Rodrigo E. Rollan

PS: Like Homer Jay Simpson once said "If you haven't noticed, I am being SARCASTIC"

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Google Buzz leaves privacy concerns ringing in ears

Rodrigo Rollan
Stop

That's (NOT) all folks....

that action removes the naoying flag on the left panel. It does not remove Buzz. Actions required to remove the whole thing @: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=171460

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Ladies face 'glass cliff' after breaking 'glass ceiling'

Rodrigo Rollan
Stop

Statistics, Shamtistics....

I have tow cents to add here:

The so called Glass Cliff is there for men and woman alike. How many CEOs, PMs, Presidents, etc. have seriously F**D up ? I mean, really, really messed things up , quite publicly. Most of them were men. On the other hand Angela Merkel seems to be THE example this days. She's a woman and doing a great job.

Also, the Alcatel - Lucent merger appointed a female CEO. She F***D that up on her own , you know ? No Glass Cliff lurking there, just poor management.

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Arab conned into marrying bearded lady

Rodrigo Rollan
WTF?

Not as puzzling...

has anyone read the form you have to fill to enter the US (form I-94W). I quiote:

C. Have you ever been or are you now involved in espionage or sabotage; or in terrorist activities; or genocide; or between 1933 and 1945 were involved, in any way, in persecutions associated with Nazi Germany or its allies?

Ahhhmmm: Yes ? Who would acknowledge this in a freaking form !

In sudafrica, firearms are quite common amongst the population. Some nightclubs have gun lockers !

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Apple bans geo loco ads on iPhone, iPad*

Rodrigo Rollan
Grenade

yes, that and...

why not also add the creative mind behind the ad as well. I also would like the chance to give my warm regards to the bastard that spawned all femenine hygiene, detergent, toothpaste and many other obnoxious ads that predate our daily life. You hate the advertising industry ? would like to kick and ad executive's head ? There's an app for that !

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Google turns to NSA for help in cyberattack defences

Rodrigo Rollan
Joke

I would have also called...

Jack Bauer.....If someone knows what to do in these situations is him !

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Google to mobile industry: ‘F*ck you very much!’

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Stop

Beg to differ @Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Why don't we hear these spotty adolescent rants from mobile phone customers from India, Brazil or Europe (for example). It's not as if the networks corporate governance or market share is so different. You must tell me."

Well I live in Argentina, were we can confirm to pillaging, raping nda other colonial-esque tactics. The fact that people are not commenting on your article in a Uk based site (wich I Love, by the way) does not mean the y don't agree. Carriers are Carriers are Carriers. Given a legal framework they´ll find a way to squeeze as much money out of their customer base as possible.

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Angels can't fly: Official

Rodrigo Rollan
Coffee/keyboard

LMAO

Red bull Gives you Wings !

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Brazilian Playboy eyes miniskirted uni student

Rodrigo Rollan

Great news, Yoru tuition @ work....

She even got a job out of it ! The university employment department should be proud.

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Police to keep innocents' DNA despite human rights ruling

Rodrigo Rollan
Alert

Let's say ....

they rule that they can only keep the data for one year. Better yet, a day. WHO's GOING TO CONTROL THE DELETION OF THE DATA !?!?!?!? Really, once they have it, they have it. That's it. No turning back. Whoever believes that this will be a transparent process please send me an email. I have a Bridge to sell, in mint condition .....

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NASA: the world will not end in 2012

Rodrigo Rollan
Joke

RIght !

I forgot NASA got things right ALL THE TIME. Like their latest space ventures. Robots in maars that BSOD on them, etc. Yep.....

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Docs press for probe into 'designer vaginas'

Rodrigo Rollan
Joke

Send 'em our way

Dear Surgeons, please send all solicitors our way. We´ll be glad to provide proper testing and certification.

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Blind gamer sues Sony

Rodrigo Rollan
WTF?

Only, Always in America !

Why is it that whenever we hear of a legal action that defies all common sense it takes place in The United States of America ?

I, for once, hint our litigation-addicted friends to a whole set of profitable targets:

1) All beautiful woman: why do we have to be handsome and/or have a huge stash of money to date them.

2) The church: being that they represent God on earth , they are legal tenders for his biding. Life sucks, they should be accountable.

3) Every manufacturer that dares sell a product that is intended for a specific audience. It's either usable by every single person on earth or we're commin' to getcha !

Seriously, disabilities are not a laughing matter, but I think that some things are not questionable. If this legal action follows suit, then soon enough we´ll have deaf people suing musicians for not making their art available in a suitable format for them. If anyone wants to manufacture a product, they target a certain demography. My humble opinion is that they are not legally bound to please everyone.

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Coming soon: Freetard, The Movie

Rodrigo Rollan
Coat

Make's me Laugh every single time...

" ....on the Recording Industry Ass. of America's impudent .." Yep, they are asses alright.

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