* Posts by Yag

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Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

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Re: Religion - the source of all evil

Extremism is more likely a source of all evil.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

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Re: A Modest Proposal ...

Well, you know, your pension plan includes a portfolio including some shares in such companies.

No, leave your coat here, you won't need it where you're going...

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

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Seen worse in France...

http://clubzetetique.free.fr/media/question2.JPG

Yes, 56% of the audience thinks that the Sun is orbiting Earth.

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

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"if you're worried about longevity in overpriced consumer tech, you're in the wrong market."

Indeed, but we were talking about good ol' fashioned watches and their lack of upgradibility mainly due to the fact that you don't need to upgrade them to keep on being useful.

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Gimp

"My Grandfather's Clock"

Reminds me of a quite recent Not Safe For Work comics.

(Seriously, don't look it up. This comic is not safe for sanity. What about mine? long gone, my friends, long gone...)

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Yag

"When buying a watch one generally doesn't expect it to be upgradeable"

When buying a decently priced watch, one generally doesn't expect it to be a piece of useless junk in 3-5 years...

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EU’s Timmermans: You can have our ear, lobbyists – just don't lie

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Facepalm

What's the point?

Threatening registered lobbyist groups to remove their registration if they use unregistered lobbyist?

I don't want to live on this planet anymore...

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What is the REAL value of your precious, precious data?

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I'm torn... should I upvote or downvote?

This is a legitimate rant, but a bit irrelevant to the subject of the article (the economic value of data)

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

Yag
Devil

Re: So....

ok, I'm wrong, my bad. Google does not *force* anyone to use their services.

However, they give a strong emphasis to them in their search engine, which is indeed a logical business decision :

- Looking for "email"? Google mail is the first answer

- Looking for "maps" (or typing a physical address) ? Google maps this time

- Looking for "shopping"? Google shopping

Now, are those results biased by design (which would be indeed Evil), or because of a snowball effect? (people using google as their search engine are more likely to use other google services, ranking those services further up.)

- About the "I'm feeling lucky" button :

Very old statistics (2007 is very old in the Internet sense) shows that this button was used in roughly 1% of the searchs (obviously none of them performed by the demographic of El Reg's readers).

This button was supposed to cost google 100M$ in loss of advertising revenue at the time, giving a rough idea of the sheer amount of requests this tiny "1%" actually is.

And most of you are awful liars when saying you never used it : you HAD to try the "french military victories" bomb with this button at least once...

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Yag

"That cos you search term has -mail"

Duh.

Not if there's no space between "e" and "-mail".

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"The EU Commission is going to call Google in and give it a really hard talking to for offering what Google's users rather like to have"

Wrong. Consumer takes what they can get.In the mobile world, the relevant choices are either Apple's walled garden or Google's walled garden.

Having Gmail, YouTube, hangouts, google map, google play video/music/etc... applications pre-installed in the phone with no official way to remove is the exact same as for Microsoft and Internet Explorer.

Speaking about browsers, Chrome is the only application that I could remove. I guess it would have been too obvious if it weren't...

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Re: Harm..

Try the more generic and plainly obvious term "e-mail" instead, and... MAGIC!

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

Yag

Re: So as a rule...

... And if it's under 3 years old, it's still a beta veta version with neither support nor responsibility taken.

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Lapider les corneilles! French Patriot Act faces growing opposition

Yag
Trollface

Re: Helping the terrorists win

You scratch my back by helping me justifying excessive laws, I scratch yours by making sure everyone talk of you.

I'll even directly help you a bit by a few "humanitary interventions", in Lybia for example...

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

Yag

Re: re: And that this would be extortion

"Unfortunately even though I suspect many companies buying advertising space understand this they can't stop easily, since they need their competitors to stop too. So loads of money, time and energy gets wasted on achieving nothing except lining the pockets of the people selling ad space."

Reminds me of an economy course about "game theory". Quite interesting actually...

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

Yag
Trollface

"While Steve Jobs may have called it “beautiful”"

Beautiful for saving iOS market share?

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

Yag

Re : You don't have millions of people at an individual voting district, you have maybe 5000 people.

In France, each of those district is divided in several voting stations. The local station only have 500 registered voters, and you can expect half of them turning in on the good days.

250 votes takes roughly 1h to process for a 4 people team.

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Yag

Re: First Line Says:

Manual systems? corrupted and untrackable?

As a regular citizen, I can get up early on election day and go to the voting station, check the urn before anyone vote (it's made of glass for this purpose), count the votes, stay for the ballot count and watch the process (I often even helps with it), then check the consistency of the obtained numbers with the official number reported on the web a few hours later for this station.

As any concerned joe can do the same for any voting station, I can not figure out where the "untrackable" part is.

A closed source blackbox electronic voting station, on the other hand...

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Energy utilities targeted by Office-spawned recon attack tool

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Mushroom

Helium industries?

Maybe... no, let's hope not...

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Opportunity suffers another flash-memory 'amnesia' moment

Yag

Strange? no XKCD reference yet?

http://xkcd.com/1504/

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

Yag

Re: As someone from the con / geek community

Probably because of the almost total lack of coal miners in the countries they usually parasite.

I know of a few woman working in construction however...

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Yag
Trollface

Re: Not worth going then

Everything is things.

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There's gold in dem hills: 1000s of two-byte domains hit market

Yag

Cybersquatting avoidance probably. Or at least this was suggested by the seller.

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Rezzed: Indie gaming shows off its finest

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Coat

Re: Roto chair

The cost of the base system itself is not that high...

But having to fork an additionnal 219 pounds for a crappy chair? and 160 for the table? What the hell?

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Microsoft scrambles to kill Live.fi man-in-the-middle diddle

Yag
Trollface

Just revenge.

Payback from former Nokia staff, perhaps?

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: The term "pirate" is a propaganda coup

Here is an upvote for this new bit of random knowledge for me.

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Life, the interview and everything: A chat with Douglas Adams

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Trollface

"... speech recognition. The technology isn't quite there yet (although it won't be long)"

Ah, the optimism of youth :)

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HAPPY 20th Birthday MICROSOFT BOB

Yag
Trollface

> You had to hunt around to find anything, you didn't know if something in the room was either eye

> candy, or if it actually meant something. And you had to change rooms to get to other "stuff".

Reminds me a bit of the ribbon interface...

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Yag

"We offer it here without any warranty, guarantee, or prospect of support"

Not even against sanity loss?

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Revealed: Facebook Boss Zuckerberg's One Weird Trick When Hiring

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Angel

Re: Err…

If privacy is the issue, then...

No privacy = no issue!

Am I hired?

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Trollface

Re: Best solution is ...

"...look around at the sprawling metropolis around you and ask yourself WTF are all these 780k people doing in a city that has no industry to speak of."

Sounds like London.

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German music moguls slammed for 'wurst ever DMCA takedown spam'

Yag
Trollface

Re: die die die

The the the?

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Google MENACED by Russian probe over 'abuse of dominance' gripe

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Coat

Re: The Consumer is always...

What kind of choice is left between a rock (Android) and a hard place (iOS)?

Windows Phone? Will probably goes the same way as the 2 others once established...

Blackberry? Are they still alive?

Tizen? What's that?

Mine is the one with a old 6500 slide in the pocket...

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Lenov-OUCH! 500,000 laptop cables recalled in burning mains cock-up

Yag

Earlier-than-planned obsolescence?

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This week it rained in San Francisco and the power immediately blew out. Your tech utopia

Yag

German food

Yeah, food is not so bad. I have fond memories of schnitzel with spätzles.

But I also dread the knödels...

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DNA egghead James Watson sells Nobel prize for $4.8m, gets it back

Yag

Re: Interesting case.

Indeed, the picture is far more nuanced, this is why I put the quotes around the "dark" of "dark ages". Gallileo himself had the support of the pope... until some unfortunate references of the pope as a simpleton in one of Gallileo's books.

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Yag

Interesting case.

We often hear about how the catholic church was a strain on scientific research during the "dark" ages - Gallileo is the poster example.

But I wonder what will be said about the "politically correct" state of mind of our current age in a few centuries.

(DISCLAIMER : I am NOT trying to start a "flame war".)

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LOHAN sponsor Lucidica explains the benefits of being French

Yag
Trollface

The best part about being french is not being english.

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Banksy puts down spray can, goes corporate in banksy.com cybersquat brouhaha

Yag
Devil

Re: Sad state...

After wandering around Place Vendome in Paris, I rescind my previous comment : Banksy's birds are very intelligent compared to some other pieces of arts.

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Coat

Re: Sad state...

I won't comment on the other works of Banksy as I don't know them well, but this one don't strike me as original or very intelligent. Sure, it's not bad, but... meh.

Matter of taste, probably.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

Yag

Re: Neil dG Tyson...another elitist SOCK PUPPET....

I find this guy overrated but such a crazy rant...

Are you looking for the highest downvote count ever?

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Yag

" Carl Sagan's former student "

Informations from other sources states he met Sagan once, but did not study with him...

Care to clarify?

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

Yag

Re: USSR..

Nope, it's our moon, not Mimas

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

Yag

I sense a lot of steam friend request incoming...

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Wall Street woes: Oh noes, tech titans aren't using bankers

Yag

Re: "...throw 1p and 2p coins at estate agents all day"

I'ld like to know where they found the slug-thrower compatible with those coins.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

Yag

Placebo?

Are you sure? I thought the singer was on genuine Diazepam when I heard it.

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Shine on you crazy diamond: Distant dwarf may hide space jewel

Yag
Headmaster

Re: Stellar

Brown dwarfs are considered substellar objects ;)

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France frostily foists flat fizz fear on ICANN's .wine plans

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WTF?

mmmh...

I really should register gTLDs .whine and .bullshit...

But all politicians in the world will just complain that I threaten their desire to "preserve their cultural diversity"

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NASA spots new Mars meteorite crater

Yag

mmmh...

We need something for scale.

Something like, I don't know... Washington DC, with the crater centered on the Capitol.

It might be the only way to get funding to find a way to prevent us going the way of the Velociraptor.

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