* Posts by ratfox

2280 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Ford to save you from BIKE FITNESS HORROR

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Re: Weak article

The point of an e-bike is not to go faster than a normal bike, it's to be less tiring.

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EU: Competition Commissioner met Google chief Schmidt

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Relax

Whatever happens, it's going to take years. Almunia tried to solve this the quick way, and that ended up taking so long he couldn't manage to end it during his term.

And now, it's starting all over again from the beginning. In two years, maybe we'll know whether litigation will happen. And if it does, it will take ten years. And by the time it's over the whole thing will be irrelevant.

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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Ellis also faces a charge of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon – the brand of laptop is unknown –

Thanks for this one, I needed the laugh.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?

I'm curious, what do people need SD cards for? The lowest of the low phones comes with 16GB nowadays, and I only use 10. Are you keeping all your holidays videos from the past ten years on your phone?

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Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?

It's the Sony phones that all have waterproofing, not the Samsung.

That said, I agree that removable batteries and SD slots are not important for the vast majority of users.

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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So A uploads legit copy as backup, B uploads pirated copy, deduplication takes over. RIAA want A's legit copy removed... :boggle

Pirated copies are not usually similar to legit copies, since they omit all the crap. It's rather than the same pirated copy was available under multiple addresses, and the RIAA wanted a complaint for one single address to take down all the others.

Allegedly, internal communication of Mega shows that they were deliberately not doing it. Also allegedly, you are not allowed to backup your legit copy…

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Microsoft man: Internet Explorer had to go because it's garbage

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Re: Um, what?

I don't think Safari, Chrome, and Opera all using a version of WebKit is a good thing.

You can be happy then. Chrome has forked WebKit into something called Blink…

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Dot-word sensation: Google forks out $25m for a fist of .app-y pills

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That's not so much

Maybe I'm jaded, but if the hottest competition between Google and Apple only yields $25M, then they probably don't believe all that much in the new TLDs either.

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NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

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Paris Hilton

With a name like that for the event, how could it be about anything else than watches…?

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

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Yeah!

/celebratory dance/

Let the feathers fly.

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Amazon is not making money either

So what? It's still useful. Should we complain?

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And the buggiest OS provider award goes to ... APPLE?

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Re: Which begs the question

You descriptivist!

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Money from apps? It's all about Apple iOS, says survey

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Paris Hilton

How much of that is porn?

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Stop

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

Stopped reading right there.

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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

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Re: Err ...

I suspect that when he writes "in a business sense", he means where Google makes it money. And that is indeed 90% coming from the ad business.

Obviously, Google does a lot of other things, some which directly support the ad business, some which only do so very tangentially.

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Google's Softcard hookup: Never mind Apple Pay ... it's about beating the networks

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It's also end of a dream which saw operators as custodians of the electronic wallet.

Good riddance.

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Hawking thesp Eddie Redmayne and Snowden doc Citzenfour win Oscars

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Re: Everything is awesome is AWESOME!

It did not, however, "triumph in the Best Song category", unless by triumph you mean "happen to be at the top of the list in the linked page, just above the actual winner" which was "Glory" from Selma.

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Google hatching YouTube Kiddie Vids – report

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They did sign a deal with Mattel…

But for a me version of the Viewmaster. I don't recall any mention of ads, but you never know…

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Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

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Re: Fuck ads and all who serve them up

It's a weird thing… Companies like Google generally only make money if somebody actually clicks on their ads. Just displaying an ad does not earn them a cent. Yet they make a shitload of money, which must mean that somehow, there are people who click on a whole bunch of ads.

We must assume these people don't mind ads. And no, I don't know who they are either.

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Vodafone didn't have a £6bn tax bill. Sort yourselves out, Lefties

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Re: "Branch" line

And through justification of original purpose we can happily accept the removal of tax. Because it was designed as a way for the king to fund his lifestyle/wars by taking only from the rich

Taxes are now used to pay for necessities which make it possible to have a successful society: Roads, infrastructure, a functional justice system. The aim of the tax system is to fund all of these while hindering economic activity as least as possible. Declaring taxes in multiple countries is a bad idea for small businesses, because it would cost them a lot in accountants and return a pittance. Doing so for large companies would cost them a rounding error in accountants and have much higher returns.

Conflating the idea of stealing with nurture is both twisted but unfortunately popular (as it was with the various socialist paradises). To nurture success is to allow progress and not hinder (see above explanation). To generate wealth is to free the population (the people) to work, to earn, to spend freely (again the opposite to taking their money from them).

You need to invest to get returns. You need to pay salaries to have people work for you. You need to pay taxes to have a functioning country. You might claim that not investing, not paying salaries, and not paying taxes is the right thing to do in order to have more money, by simply spending less.

And that would be wrong.

As for a country that generates nothing it will struggle regardless of the tax level, although it would be very difficult (if not impossible) to get out of the situation with high tax levels.

What is exactly produced by Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands, do you think? Do you believe these places to be struggling?

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Re: "Branch" line

There is an idea to that. The rule that companies are only taxed in their resident countries were written to help small companies and save them the hassle from declaring taxes to half a dozen country.

In the case of large multinational corporations, which do control a company in UK anyway, you might argue that such a helping hand is not necessary: They are already declaring taxes, just for a different activity.

Changing the current laws to insist that companies should pay tax in the country where they earn the money as long as they control a company there does not seem complex (though it might be hard to actually get politicians to do it).

One must only beware of the law of unintended consequences. Microsoft might decide that closing their UK offices could be more beneficial if it allows them to save enough tax.

About the "robbing" comment: Between the country which nurtures success and generates wealth, and the country which generates nothing but sets its corporate tax lower, I find it hard to think that the latter merits more money than the former.

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Microsoft leaves the Rooms. How will Windows Phone OS users make to do lists?

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Funny how a feature which would be a very successful product for a start-up, worthy of being valued millions or billions, turns into an also-ran product faced to the global strategy of a big corporation.

Not that Microsoft is alone in doing these types of decision. Apple and Google have both been known to sacrifice products more successful than Rooms to make place for an upcoming great idea.

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AT&T suddenly finds demand for 1Gbps fiber in Kansas City – just after Google arrived

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Mind-boggling

If you needed any more proof that more competition is necessary, you have it. AT&T is rolling out fiber in the only city where it is already available. How useful.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: People will still buy them

Don't be so negative, it's going to be accurate within 50 milliseconds!

When you miss your train because your Pebble was late by 500 milliseconds, you'll wish you had a real watch; an Apple watch.

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Saving stuff on the cloud was made for people like me

I recently threw away my university memories.

I bought a server with 1TB for the express purpose of safekeeping all the stuff I had when I left university eight years ago.

The server has sat unused in a corner of my flat for the last three years; I'm not even sure it could still boot. When I moved to a new place last month, I just brought it to the garbage dump because I couldn't bother.

I currently have a Synology for my backups. Hope it works better.

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KUSHINIKIZA! Google Translate SAVES BABY in Irish roadside birth

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Careful

On one hand, every single one of my ancestors going back billions of years has managed to figure it out. On the other hand, that's the mother of all sampling biases.

http://xkcd.com/674/

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UN negotiations menaced by THOUSANDS of TOPLESS LADIES with MAYONNAISE

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He's just shy

They're not used to let the public know much in Belarus…

I do think that his hypothetical scenario reflects more his fantasies than reality, though.

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FACEBOOK even from BEYOND the GRAVE: CHOOSE your Legacy

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Google has a service which gives access to your account to designated people if you don't use it for X months or answer to a few reminders. Does Facebook ask for a death certificate?

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Got an Android Wear gizmo? Yeah, you and '719,999 other people'

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Re: Apple who?

designing a product that only a geek would love and foisting it on the world had a fairly predictable reaction

Which is why they tried their hardest to make it a consumer product. If they had designed it for geeks, they'd have gone for an augmented reality thing covering half your face.

There are various reasons Glass was not successful, mostly that it does little that is really useful; but "being designed for geeks" was not one of them.

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Swift gets swifter: Apple updates its new programming language

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Growth from zero is always fast

Swift still ranks lower than the likes of Go and Haskell.

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

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Read the article again, he's right

Currently, if Google decides to accept a request and hide the link to an article for some searches, there is no recourse for the owner of the web site. They might try to convince Google, but they cannot appeal to privacy regulators the way the original requestor could, had the request been rejected.

This is because though the ECJ has ruled people had a "right to be forgotten", they did not include a "right to be heard". There is basically no law that can force Google to display a link. In fact, they often demote sites while tweaking algorithms, or to punish SEO abusers, and nobody has a say in the matter.

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Likes of Google to have undue influence in Brussels, say activists

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Letting companies sue governments for lost profits

I simply cannot understand how anyone would dare propose such a legislation. I can't remember of anything even remotely close to this. How is a government to ever curb the misdeeds of a profitable company with such a rule?

"Oh hey, you discovered we were insanely profitable because we were actually spreading a new type of pollutant. If you make it illegal to do it, you'll have to pay us for any profit loss incurred by the new rule."

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm

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"The important protections that President Obama and others have supported and that we have fought bitterly– no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization and transparency of business practices –can be enacted without the significant regulatory baggage that comes with public utility regulation; until we complain the FCC has no right to enact those rules because we are not a public utility."

FTFY, Michael Powell…

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Death becomes it: Grim Fandango Remastered

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Hurray

I rate this as the best adventure game I have ever played. Some moments are truly unforgettable!

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

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Re: Evolution

To be honest, after the first post, I can totally imagine you declaring "I am very modest" with a straight face, and wonder why people laugh.

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Google forced to – wah! – OBEY the LAW with privacy policy tweaks

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Re: I still think...

Well, the thing is, going into the details of every way Google might use your information is probably a very long list, and getting longer every few days…

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Re: Subject access request

Within 40 days? If you have a high speed connection, sure…

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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@I ain't Spartacus

No account, no content ID. So you can't use our automatic anti-piracy tools. It would be such a shame if loads of our users were to put up your content for free, and we get all the advertising revenue anyway.

That's silly. Of course you can still use Content ID. In fact, it was always possible to use Content ID without an account.

The difference is that now, you cannot use Content ID to put ads against the pirated content, only block it.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Why are all posts centered??

I hope this is a bug, and not a redesign!

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Re: p0wned

Yes, that's why people write things like YEAH!!1!ONE!

it's because 'O', 'N' and 'E' are right next to '!'.

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Re: Flash Bash

game developers have catered for different shaped screens since games were invented.

I don't think the comparison is fair. There's like four aspect ratios PC games have to handle. 3:4 was the standard for many years, until we started having 12:10 and the like. Even now on cell phones, it's not all games that can handle both landscape and portrait.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Re: For the Nth time

What's the difference? When the US drops a bomb from a remote-controlled aircraft, people call it a drone strike. It's remote-controlled over thousands of kilometers, and it contains way more technology; but it's remote-controlled just like a quadcopter… What is a done, then? Does it need an AI?

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Wikileaks: We DO NOT approve of OUR secret stuff being LEAKED

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Re: Didn't the google boys get lots of $s from the feds?

Companies who are ordered to give up information about users are allowed to charge the government for the effort. Considering the number of requests involved, the total they charge is probably impressive; but the amount per request is quite low.

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Should Google play carriers at their own game? There's never been a better time

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I'm optimistic

I have the utmost respect for the trick Google pulled on the operators on 2008, forcing them to pay through the nose for spectrum under conditions which they had claimed were so unfavorable they would refuse to bid. That felt good.

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Google reveals bug Microsoft says is mere gnat

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I'm reminded of zero-tolerance policies

And the silly decisions they lead to, e.g suspending school children for having a dangerous plastic spoon in their bag.

My bet is that Google will drop this plan sooner or later; and the sooner it is, the least they will cover themselves with ridicule.

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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They are talking about Nigeria or Pakistan, not you. People who start surfing the web for the first time on a cell phone. And this is no exaggeration: For some newcomers in "the next billion", Facebook is really how they discover the web.

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Google: What this planet needs is INTERNET FROM SPAAACE

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I thought Google had already bought a satellite company

Skybox Imaging – Wasn't that last year?

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Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

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Anything that can diminish the power of patents counts as a good thing in my book. The system is not working as intended, and is now an obstacle to innovation. At least in the IT world.

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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For a while…

I thought Microsoft was going to use Linux-Apache-MySql-Php stacks. That would have been scary.

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