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2166 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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Re: I Thought the Reg was an IT mag.

Essential article to any IT bod who needs to clean his (or her) server room!

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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Re: Tough choice...

My dream is that he is finally caught after many years, trying to escape from the embassy; shipped to Sweden; then sentenced to one month of community service.

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Google, Rockstar to bury zombie Nortel patent lawsuit

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Just one year from lawsuit to settlement?

That was fast.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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Indeed

My three years old iPhone is not very functional, and my two years old Nexus 7 also slowing down. I guess it does show how fast devices are evolving, eh?

We're lucky that PCs are not doubling in power every year anymore, or they'd be creating 3D fractal OSes just to make us buy the latest hardware.

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Re: here's a crazy idea

Then again, they could be treated better. According to this article, Google drivers have access to the Google gyms and cafeterias. Though of course, the article is essentially about the same complaint: work in the morning and late afternoon, with nothing to do in the middle.

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Re: Thank you, El Reg

It might be a recognised standard, but I struggle to figure out which pitch this is about. The football pitch is said to be about an acre, or 4'050 square meters; but all the football pitches I could find, from the diminutive American football field's 6'400 square yards to the massive Australian rules football fields (variable, but over 10'000 square meters) are much bigger.

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Re: Why?

Everybody knows about Coca-Cola, but they still have ads…

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Legal?

I'm pretty certain there are limits to what businesses can put in the fine print. Like, say, replace this £100 with £1'000'000, and it becomes obviously illegal.

I hope these practices are formally banned, though.

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

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"A method implies an actor"

It's awfully hard to describe many natural processes as anything else than a method, even though there is no sentient actor involved. E.g you could read in a book "sweating is a method used by the body to regulate temperature", as if Mr body had decided to regulate its temperature, had tried different systems for getting rid of waste heat, and had settled on this one.

The proper way to see it, of course, is that because of bits of DNA randomly generated millions of years ago, the way the body is built happens to include a system generating sweat, which happens to have the beneficial effect of getting rid of waste heat, which presumably led to the survival of this body over all the bodies which did not happen to include this sweat generation system. But since it's impossible to think of it that way without feeling like a random chemical process, we tend to prefer more active words, like "method".

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YIKES: Combination of LIVING WOMAN and MACHINE sighted in NYC

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Re: orientation

It is considered fashionable for women to wear their watch on the inside of the wrist, and to check the time by holding the forearm straight, with the wrist daintily bent. This avoids the unfeminine move of raising the elbow to check the watch on top of the wrist.

So this is very much the best orientation for an elegant watch for women.

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Oh man

They just had to show as example of message the Four Dreaded Words, which make every husband/boyfriend quake in fear…

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Half of all McDonald's US touch purchase transactions are now made using Apple Pay

What's the other half? Android, or NFC-enabled cards?

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Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work

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WTF?

Microsoft Office is a social-network-for-suits now??

I wouldn't know. I haven't used it since 2005.

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Remember that internet sales tax? Wasn't that a great idea? It's dead

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Re: Oh noes, sales taxes are too complicated!!1!

@Eddy Ito: I'm not buying it. There are already online companies that are charging sales taxes when people are buying from zip code 90631, because they are based or "have presence" in California, and the law forces them to do it. It might well be that they charge the incorrect amount of tax, or that the money goes to the wrong county, or a myriad of other things that can go wrong; but they are charging sales tax.

For example, Amazon has a tax collection service which they claim is able to determine the taxes due anywhere in the US:

"The ability to specify tax collection obligations for orders at the state, county, city, and district level for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia"

Amazon offers this service for all the companies that use Amazon as a marketplace to sell their wares, and which may be required to collect sales tax in any place. This is typically a problem that is very hard to figure out… for a human being, but that can be solved easily using computers.

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Oh noes, sales taxes are too complicated!!1!

This does not stop Amazon from already collecting sales taxes for all the states where they have a presence. For all the complexity of the system, it should be fairly easy to have a service which answers in real-time what is the tax rate for a particular address and a particular product at a particular time. Then have every online store call that service whenever they need it, job done.

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What are they thinking?

Though I'm not really overjoyed at being taxed, the current situation makes no sense at all. There is no reason why buying from the net should be in effect tax-free, and buying the same at a store should be taxed.

I can only assume that Boehner heard "new tax" and reflexively said "over my dead body".

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Hey, Apple! We can land a probe on a comet, but we can't have a 12.9in iPad 'until mid-2015'?

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Would they really want to?

Apple normally tends to focus on a smaller number of products. It's only last year that they started to introduce two new phone models per year.

Considering large tablets are not really selling well, I would skip building an even larger one.

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Google will have to WAIT and SEE if I fine them - EU antitrust chief

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IF ONLY SHE HAD A CLUE

FTFY

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LARGE, ROUND and FEELS SO GOOD in your hand: Yes! It's a Nexus 6

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Re: Launched way too early

Look on the bright side: At least it's not trying to kill you.

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Mozilla re-negotiates Google multi-million dollar sugar-daddy deal

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Re: I wonder if Google would consider dropping the Mozilla deal?

Mozilla would probably get almost as much money from Microsoft for Bing to be the default search engine; So Google would not be able to kill FF just by killing this deal. Also, I think Google cares a lot more about search engine market share than they care about browser market share.

Then again, the last time the deal was done, Chrome's market share was neck-and-neck with Firefox, and Internet Explorer was in front. Now Chrome has almost as much market share as the other two combined, so that might change things.

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Re: What do the rest pay ?

I suspect that the first place is worth gazillions more than all the rest put together… Certainly, there does not seem to be a lot of space between the total reported revenue of $311M for 2012 and the "almost $300M" claimed to be paid by Google.

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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"We don't want it because it is too convenient for the users"

And we want them to pay for convenience.

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Consumer Watchdog has been accused a couple of times of being paid by Microsoft to attack Google on various fronts. They certainly seem not to like Google:

- Watchdog calls for Google break-up

- Watchdog backs Google antitrust complaint with (more) data

- Consumer Watchdog lambasts Los Angeles over Google Apps

- Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig

- Consumers pay up to 67% more for products on Google Shopping

And now Moffett Airfield.

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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"side loaded" apps?

I thought it was impossible to side-load apps on iDevices? Wasn't that a key reason they were supposed to be safer?

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

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Re: Nice

That would be the FiOS that Verizon has decided to stop expanding four years ago? The one that people can't even get in rural towns such as New York?

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Nice

It's not like the broadband providers were investing in better networks anyway…

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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So maybe…

A large, country-wide infrastructure should be done by the government? I guess the problem is that all telcos are hated, so the government wanted the people to hate someone else.

…Maybe the government could cover rural areas with its own antennas, then let the telcos use it at a reduced, national roaming-like cost?

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Printing Bad: Meth found in laser printer cartridges

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Re: You know you are getting old when...

Oh man. Suddenly I felt I was sitting in second grade again. I'm not sure when they went out of style; by high school Xerox was everywhere.

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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

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Trust is the wrong problem

No matter how well-intentioned the various governments are, I don't think that they should have complete access to my data. Because any trust I have in them currently may be misplaced in the future decades.

And there is no reason to frame this problem as a "Us-vs-Them" question. The secret services might believe that they are efficiently fighting ISIS, and that ISIS is worth fighting against. I doubt both points. I have not seen anything to convince me that terrorism is efficiently fought against by anybody, except by people who are actually trying to find peaceful solutions in various hot places in the world. And considering how unimportant ISIS is, I don't think we should be spending a lot of time fighting them.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Stupid question

Going to Linux will reduce the licensing costs, depending on your vendor of choice but the downside comes in those with Windows skills and experience needing to new learn new tools and the Linux infrastructure.

I have no idea at all, but is it really easier to find people with Windows skills than people with Linux skills? I realize most of the corporate world is on Windows, but on the other hand, don't almost all CS schools have a Linux infrastructure nowadays?

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Fuck terrorism

Terrorism causes a number of death and injuries that is insignificant compared to, say, the flu. There are more people killed by lightning strikes than by terrorism. It simply is not worthy of attention.

And it most definitely does not justify extraordinary rights for the government to peer into our every thoughts.

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Ericsson boss sticks a pin in Google’s loony Loon bubble

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They're not fighting the wind

The balloons are always moving where the wind pushes them. And a next one takes their place. I think their numbers were that about 20'000 balloons could cover the whole world, and then it does not matter if they are moving about.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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Re: 'right wing'?

I think the right word is "Totalitarian"... Which can be on the left, or on the right.

I don't think there is a lot of communism left in the current Russia.

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Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps

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Re: I fail to understand

Bing has 30% market share in the US. That's not irrelevant.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

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Terrorism is the wrong target

Statistically, I have way more chances of being murdered by my wife than by a terrorist.

What is GCHQ doing to protect me from my wife??

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Google's 'Right to be forgotten' roadshow is just a 'distraction' – EU digital rights group

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For once, Europe should be happy that Google exists

It is precisely the so-called "gatekeeper" position of Google, as regulators often complain, which makes it possible for the "right to be forgotten" to be enforced. If the web search business was vibrant with competition with dozens of search engines, it would likely be near impossible to convince every single one of them that your embarrassing results should be forgotten.

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Secrets in Seattle: Apple opening base on Microsoft's doorstep

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Re: All those ex MS Staffers have to go somewhere...

This. Google has had an office in Seattle for years, and has been slurping as many Microsoft ex- or current employees as it could. Apple must be trying to get some of that action.

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Yes, Samaritans, the law DOES apply to you. Even if you mean well

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"about to roll a self-induced seven"

Thanks to Google for clearing that sentence for me… Never heard it before.

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Samsung launches 'perfect pair' of skinny mid-range phones

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Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold.

FTFY. What a lack of imagination! It is too easy to know what colors they are. How about "Mango Explosion" or "Zebu Mix"?

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: If you search within the EU, it *IS* applied to Google.com

Also, free tip: if you want an article censored, post an obviously inappropriate comment to it under your own name, then issue a request to have the article forgotten.

No. If you try to use this technique to censor an article about, say, Tim Cook, the article will not show anymore when searching for your own name; but it will still show up when searching for "Tim Cook".

Do try to pay attention.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Re: Great to hear. @Frankee Lionnygog

Funny, just today somebody told me how much nicer the new font was, and that using the old OS now felt painful to them.

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Way to miss the point

This is not about Apple.

Imagine Steve Jackson outing himself as gay, and you answering "I don't care, he shouldn't have left the scouring of the Shire out of the movies"

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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Re: Slightly offtopic but

The name in the list of wifi networks can be used by multiple actual hotspots from the same company… I guess that would make the logic of what to display a bit difficult. Maybe using the last date accessed instead?

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Mozilla Foundation doesn't sling ads and is usually more altruistic than Google

…Thanks to the large amounts of funding they receive from a big well-known internet advertising company.

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Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

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Re: I hate to say it but....

Apple in this case has not acted like a premium product company.

There is absolutely nothing in luxury products that guarantees better quality or durability. You might buy a watch that is 100 times more expensive than a cheap swatch, but that does not mean it will last 100 times longer.

I can't recall any case where people sued Louis Vuitton because the quality of their bag was, actually, not worth the price. I assume the strategy of these lawyers is that Apple will settle soon in order to keep the lawsuit out of the news; I'd be really surprised if their argument that price should mean quality is upheld in court.

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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In other words, he created a global phenomenon - but pocketed what an averagely talented Champions League-level footballer might take home in a year.

I think we can all agree that footballers are overpaid.

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Does the Googler tapped to run the US Patent Office still believe in patent reform?

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If Google is Halliburton, which war will be started to bump up their bottom line? China?

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

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Witness the power of phone operators

We're talking about Apple here, which does have a certain power in the market. Yet even them were not able to get Verizon to accept freaking iPads in their system.

And even Google, with all its "anti-competitive" power, has to bow down to the telcos. Android Lollipop now comes with a default messaging app whose default behavior is to send SMS and MMS messages, which earns the operator money, rather than a hangout message, which does not. Guess why…

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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It's always amazing that some employers think they can go about with this kind of cheating,

With these kind of fines, little wonder…

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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you can celebrate the sides of yourself that you don’t always show to your friends.

…But that you are fine showing to Facebook…

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