* Posts by ratfox

2454 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Cognitive dissonance

Is it just me, or is David Cameron really, really off base on this? What can possibly the reason he's so obsessed with the subject, when frankly there are so many other more worthy of his attention?

I think this must have been what it felt like in the US during the prohibition.

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Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

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I wonder how many people actually care about the fact that they are tracked with cookies. Certainly, it feels like the we-use-cookies popups are being either ignored or clicked without much attention.

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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Re: ehh.. Can't posts be deleted already?

I think they also want the re-shares, copy-pastes, quotes and downloaded images to be deleted. If possible, people who know about it should forget too.

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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Re: Its because the US is broke...

No doubt there are people who think that NASA should be funded with Patreon campaigns. These people probably consider this story a proof that we don't need a federal government.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Major change needed

In fact, I did think that any document produced by the government was in the public domain (e.g anything written by the NASA). Or is that only the Federal government?

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Take off, eh, you Uber: Ontario lobs $300m lawsuit at cab app biz

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Re: Taxi laws are a

The law works like duck typing.*

If you look like a taxi company and you quack like a taxi company, you are a taxi company.

*Thanks to an AC for the expression.

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Ad rivals whimper: Hey Commish, we've 'ad it up to here with ad giant Google

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Deja vu?

Wasn't this already one of the topics of the investigation started by Almunia?

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Yahoo! reverses! reversal! FLIPS! profit! into! loss!

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It's a head-scratch how a company can bleed red ink for years and keep going up...

What are you talking about? They have not been bleeding red ink. Were it not for that augmentation in traffic acquisition costs, they would have made a profit, same as every quarter since many years.

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Feels they should decouple their tests

There should be one set of tests checking that the car can actually detect reliably what's around it, and another set of tests (fully virtual) checking the behavior of the car given surroundings.

Building an empty city for tests feels overcomplicated.

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Science sub spots lost Revolutionary-era SHIPWRECK

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Genuinely oppressive?

How was Napoleon's empire more genuinely oppressive than the British one? I believe a number of your ex-colonies would beg to differ.

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

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Re: "Two companies, both alike in dignity, in fair Milan"

What's in a name? That which we call a rose

By any other name would smell as sweet;

So iWatch would, were it not iWatch call'd,

Retain that dear perfection which it owes

Without that title. iWatch, doff thy name,

And for that name which is no part of thee

Take all myself.

with Tim Cook in the role of Juliet

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Re: I love it when Apple...

It's almost certainly a trademark troll. I assume they tried to sell the trademark to Apple for a huge sum and were rebuffed.

From what Ars Technica says, buying ads with a competitor's trademark as keyword has generally been ruled legal, as long as the trademark does not appear in the text of the ad. So I imagine they're out of luck on this one.

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New Google APIs: Point your phone at a telly like a streaming hose of vid

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Re: Slow news day?

People keep reimplementing stuff that already exists on the new abstraction layer, because they don't understand how the old one works…

Oh, and everybody is trying to have all features, which duplicates everything. If I want to watch a YouTube video on my TV, I can use the YouTube app of the set-top box, I can cast it to the A/V receiver, or I can cast it directly to the TV. Without counting the different ways I can surf the web on my TV, then go to youtube.com.

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Crims and politicians using RTBF to scrub themselves from Google? Not quite

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I don't get this

The researchers call for far greater disclosure from Google, which has disappointed privacy advocates

by choosing to act as secret judge and jury on every RTBF case.

If I remember correctly, the ruling of the European Court of Justice specifically demanded from Google to accept requests from individuals, instead of making people go through privacy regulators, and now people complain Google should not be allowed to act as secret judge and jury. They're just doing what the law forces them to do! Otherwise, what would have been the point of the ruling of the ECJ?

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Uninstalled Google Photos? Thought your pics safe from slurping? WRONG, bozo

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Photos are special; they do not belong to a single app

I remember there used to be two applications for looking at your pictures, the stock Android one and the Google one. In fact, I believe that Samsung phones carry an additional app built by Samsung.

So this user seemed to think that deleting the app would delete all pictures taken with the app. Not so, since multiple apps can access the pictures…

Admittedly, it's a bit confusing. For most apps, deleting the app removes all data associated with the app.

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Foxconn to hire a million Indian staff in major base shift

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Devil

No they won't. There's Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal....

Analyst predict that if the trend continues, by 2025, the world's poorest man, Ahmed Khalili of Afghanistan, will be doing 83% of the globe's work.

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Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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"That password has already been used by ${USERID}. Do you want to log in as ${USERID} instead, or do you want to pick another password?"

Oh, I'd love that one to be implemented by my bank.

What has also happened to me at least twice is that after forgetting and resetting my password, I study the weird rules for creating a new one, craft a brand new password, only to get an error message saying I'm not allowed to re-use the old password.

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Re: @ratfox

I don't like the idea of password managers, because it means I would likely forget even passwords which I use all the time. Then it would be a real problem whenever I need to use a device on which I can't use the password manager (my wife's phone, machines with install constraints, etc.) I'm not too comfortable having a lot of important data stored in a single place either; seems risky.

But maybe I'm just too lazy to try.

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I do hate it when websites I really don't care about force me to use a complex password, often with weird rules such as "at least one special character not in ,.*$-+". This forces me to create a new password unique to this site, which I'm guaranteed not to remember six months later when I first need it again. If you have to ask such a password, make sure your recovery options work well.

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Google makes new hires ONE pay offer. 'Negotiation'? What's that?

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I may be standard in pretty much every contract, but it might not be enforceable. It is in fact generally illegal in the US to forbid your employees from discussing their compensation with each other. California, where Google and so many others are based, has made such discussions a protected activity.

Of course, many employers simply don't know the law, or might chose to ignore it. Employees fired for it have been known to sue and get nicely compensated.

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Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

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WTF?

No jail?

The punishment for fraud is that you're not allowed to do it again??

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EU squashes bogus copyright scare as red-faced Guardian slaps down Wiki's Wales

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Wikipedia could be enriched greatly if it licensed images. It's a publisher that sits on a cash pile of tens of millions of dollars, raising almost $20m in its December fund-raising drive alone. That could pay a lot of photographers, and license a lot of images.

Seriously? The issue is that Wikipedia only uses pictures in the public domain, and refuses to license pictures under copyright? Are you suggesting they should do that to support the UK creative industry out of charity?

I don't see that there's any reason to pay for something when almost the same is available for free. The fact that Wikipedia has in fact money to pay is irrelevant. There are other encyclopedia whose articles are written by paid writers, and that presumably contain licensed pictures. Everybody is free to use (and pay for) them.

But if you ask anyone in commercial photography what ails the UK creative industry, Wikipedia soon comes up in conversation

[citation needed]. How is it that Wikipedia is responsible for the fact that everybody now carries a camera in their pockets, and that millions of amateurs are happy to have their pictures show up for free in Google Images? That I remember, Getty has complained about Google, not Wikipedia.

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China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Why not a gravitube?

It's the same length, basically

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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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Unhappy

Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten,

sie fliegen vorbei wie nächtliche Schatten.

Kein Mensch kann sie wissen, kein Jäger erschießen

mit Pulver und Blei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

…for how long?

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Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD Foundation, becomes top 2015 donor

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Pint

I'm surprised by how small the sums are… but at least, I don't think we need to worry about them really being in trouble. If ever they don't reach their goal, this is the kind of expenses that a company like say Google would cover without a second thought using the change found under the sofa cushions.

Nice that there are organizations that can function on a tight budget!

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Furor rages over ICANN and Facebook's bid to publish home addresses of website owners

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Re: So will facebook.com show Mark Zuckerberg's home address?

I don't think his address is a secret. There were quite a few article mentioning it on this very web site.

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Why Facebook?

What has Facebook to win from such a rule??

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US senate committee wants Twitter, Facebook to report 'terrorist' posts

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Re: Another idiotic law

I suspect there's a big difference between the way Facebook monitors user posts (try to find which ad the user would like to see), and the way this new law wants them to do it (actively search for terrorists).

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Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

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Re: You need...

"Video used explicitly for math instruction."

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"A 10cm3 satelliting box"… "a 10cm by 10cm object"… "SwissCube"

If it's a cube with 10 centimetres-long edges, then it's volume is 1000cm3.

Which is about 1.7362 Bulgarian airbags.

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Microsoft to HIKE Azure prices as exchange rates shift

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Windows

Looks like Microsoft thinks the quality of its offering is good enough to keep its customers. They've been wrong about that before, too.

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North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

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Why the [sic] in the second paragraph?

I can't see anything wrong about that sentence.

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Must have been an interesting sight

The face of the police searching for Nazi art and finding a Nazi tank.

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Silly Google's Photos app labelled BLACK PEOPLE as GORILLAS

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Answer

It is not half baked. It probably works as it should in 99.9999% of the time. however, when you have hundreds of millions of users, that still means hundreds of cases that are wrong.

It's like saying Google Maps is half baked because there is a street that is missing in your town. It's still damn useful.

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

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Bound to happen

When you create a service that is against current regulations, hoping that the popularity of the service will force the government to change the law, you risk something like that happening…

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Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

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When it first entered the aquarium it would have needed to escape through a pipe with a diameter of 1cm to enter into the filtration system.

They've found Nemo!

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Apple workforce touch up iPhones with Force Touch tech – report

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Re: Uh oh - Microsoft ahead..

Indeed. No matter how simple the current UI is, I have already had senior citizens complaining that their iPad was to complicated. For sure, people who had an iPhone from the beginning can cope; but it's a dangerous slope to assume that everybody understand the current UI, and so it's fine to make it more complicated.

Not that Apple would be the only ones to fall in that way of thinking…

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Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

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From what I understand, Google received hundreds of thousands of such requests. And they were requested by the legal system to answer them, without just floating them on the regulators. And now the complaint is that among all these cases, there were some that were answered poorly?

I'm personally grateful that Google informs websites of removals (despite the complaints of some regulators). This at least ensures that the worst mistakes can be set right, and that results are really only forgotten if nobody cares about them.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Why can't we have both?

I feel there's nothing wrong with preparing 5G and roll out 4G everywhere.

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Google takes latest self-driving buggies to the streets

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Re: 25 MPH?

From what I understand, 25 MPH is a speed that few Silicon Valley residents hope to reach during their commute!

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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I have to say I find the reaction rather weird. That flag has been honoured in part of the US for a century, and suddenly it's so hot that everybody's falling upon themselves to stop selling it. I understand that for a lot of people in the South, it stood for freedom and the Dukes of Hazzard, and now suddenly they have to throw it away or hide it in shame. A bit as if Germany had gone from 1939 to 1945 in a couple of days.

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D-Wave promises chip that could SEARCH THE WHOLE UNIVERSE

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Re: Lets see it working then

Actually, quantum computers are not known to be able to solve NP-Complete problems (e.g travelling salesman) in polynomial time. There is a small number of problems for which the only known polynomial-time algorithms are for quantum computers; but these problems are not NP-Complete.

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We need to know about the Internet of Things, say US Senators

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Terminator

Damn.

The meatsacks suspect something.

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Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

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Hmmm…

Since the beginning of May, he said, the Number One contributor to the open source Docker code base has been Microsoft.

From another article today:

As a leading contributor to both the Docker and Kubernetes open source projects, Red Hat is not just adopting these technologies but actively building them upstream in the community

Ok. Who's LYING?

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Ex-Microsoft chief rolls elastic-SQL challenge to Amazon Redshift

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Dinosaur

I can agree that relational databases are cool, and that they can do a lot of great stuff. But I'm frankly embarrassed that SQL is still the standard way to communicate with these databases. When you think of it, it's a language looking most like Cobol, with a rather peculiar syntax which bears no relationship to the logic of operations executed, and which we use by concatenating strings in far more advanced systems.

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Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Well, well…

Microsoft is slowly changing. Who'd have thought to see this ten years ago?

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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WTF?

Re: Limited

10.The Dude - The Big Lebowski

Never heard of him.

Well what are you waiting for then??

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…instead of the Americans. Who would then be able to study it until they figured out how to use it without face-melting.

You haven't seen the movie, right?\

Top. Men.

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WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

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But… but… these leaks are terribly endangering the world's ability to fight terrorism!

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