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2080 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

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Re: @ratfox

When I said income, I meant profit. Microsoft has a market cap slightly below Google, and a price to earnings ratio about half.

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Paris Hilton

I don't get it

There is a company that is about the same size as Microsoft with only half the income. That company is Google, and it is hiring like crazy.

So why is Microsoft firing so many people, when it makes way more money?

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Deutschland, Uber allowed (for now): Ban on taxi app lifted

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Happy

How long have you been waiting to use that title?

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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Mushroom

"operator-led NFC payments system"

No. Just no. Operators are among the least trusted actors of the Internet economy. People would prefer anything rather than a payment system they control.

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Yawn, Wikileaks, we already knew about FinFisher. But these software binaries...

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Re: BoringGreen Destroyed @Matt Bryant

I suspect he means, legally irrelevant. FinFisher is not in legal trouble because of this leak. It can go on selling its software to many a government except Russia.

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

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Boffin

should be required reading for geeks

Mine is on order.

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Google to startup kids: Pssst, try our CLOUD ... the first $100K is FREE

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Devil

For some reason, I'm reminded of Nestlé offering free milk formula to new mothers… I mean, I know the situation is very different for many reasons, but still, there's a resemblance.

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Mexicans! accuse! Yahoo! of! using! corrupt! judge! to! dodge! $2.7bn! payout!

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Re: can't resist

Meh. Spain and Ireland are catholic countries, yet they are not particularly known for their corruption. On the other hand, China, India or Egypt have the reputation of being so corrupt it becomes a way of life, without being catholic.

I'd say if you discount Italy, it looks like corruption is more dependent on development than anything else.

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Alert

Hmm… Complaining to a US court about allegedly corrupt legal proceedings in a different country. I'm sure Mexico is going to appreciate this immensely.

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Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained

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Holmes

More likely, the plan was always to put sapphire glass on the watch, which is quite common from semi-expensive watches.

However, until one week ago, analysts and observers all thought that Apple would also put sapphire glass on phones. They risk nothing by pretending it, considering Apple emits about as much as a black hole.

By the way, sources in the know tell me that the next model will have a holographic display. You saw it here first!

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spɹɐʍʞɔɐB writing is spammers' new mail filter avoidance trick

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Re: And of course...

I suspect it might work here:

Let's say I write a message ‮reporp eht sniatnoc ti fo emos dna‬ unicode control codes.

There. Now copy/paste the sentence in bold in a terminal or a dumb text editor, and you will have a surprise.

EDIT: Emacs displays the same text, but vi displays something else.

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FAIL.GOV – Government asks Dropbox for accounts that don't exist

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Re: no exact number?

More likely, they are allowed to specify in which range by 250… like 0-249, 250-499, 500-749, etc.

That's how Google has always reported these types of requests.

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European Court of Justice allows digitisation of library books

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I really wonder if it makes sense to retain copyrights as they are, or if they are doomed by the advance of technology. I think that the only hope content producers have is already to make it easier to buy for their content rather than acquire it illegally…

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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Unhappy

You ATE it?

You… you monster!

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US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

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Stop

"$90 mil a year seems pretty cheap for the trust of users worldwide." Csoghoian

Well, fuck you. Let's see you pay a third of your income fighting the government in a secret case that nobody would ever know about.

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Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

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Re: Why the hell is Google buying things like this?

There is not even a casual link between an innovative company like Lift Labs and an Internet advertising company like Google

Google has already bought many robotics companies. Why not this one too?

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Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle

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Re: But what about the big boy who started the little and often update fad?

I assume they refuse to have anything to do with that.

Thieves… Nasty little thieves, they stole our precious!

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Moto 360 wristputer batt boob, elderly internals revealed in teardown

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I guess making an easy to repair watch must be harder than an easy to repair phone.

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

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Go

Good

Maybe we'll get some clarity on the subject. Though I suspect the Supreme Court will have to get involved.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Not convinced by the crown thing

After years of touch screens, using a secondary control method seems a bit off.

Apart from that, looks all right, but I still don't see the killer use for watches.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Angel

Maybe it allows you to open the garage door…

But does it open the pod bay door?

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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Holmes

Looks like you answered your own question already…

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HAMR time for Google's MapReduce, says not-so-startup

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Re: "Flowlets, a patent-pending API set."

Yeah, I threw up in my mouth a little bit.

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Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

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Angel

Re: Robots

Do you volunteer for a one way trip?

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Amazon hiring in Australia for 'new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative'

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Holmes

Easy to guess

Google also test their delivery drones in Oz, because that's about the only place where you can do it legally.

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India government: 'net should not be censored

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Devil

Well, of course!

No one wants censorship. No one!

If it's a matter of national security, on the other hand, then obviously you are not allowed to post whatever you want. You don't want the terrorists/pedophiles to win, do you, citizen?

Like, say, it is illegal to put on Google maps the position of military bases. But that's not censorship!

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Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it

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Re: I don't geddit.

It's not abuse. They do whatever they want with their website. They make the rules, and can change them whenever they want. There is no way to force a website to host something it does not want. Again, the only way to have a website exactly the way you want is to do it yourself.

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Re: I don't geddit.

In the end, Reddit's rule is probably: We take it off if we want to. Like everywhere else on the web. Except they want it less often.

Definitely, getting hit constantly with high-level threats from FBI and private lawyers will make people consider very carefully their options. It can't have been a very quiet week.

And well, yeah, if you want a website that has rules exactly like you want them, you will probably have to create and maintain it yourself. And, possibly, deal with the legal troubles.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Happy

Strč prst skrz krk!

I wonder how many people have this as their password…

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Judge: Google class action 'usual suspects' cash-fling 'smells'

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Re: Hang on, this is a bit spurious

Agree with this. Claiming Google is violating your privacy by revealing to websites the query you used to find these websites is stretching it a bit.

They might as well sue W3C for inventing the referrer header, which lets websites know – gasp – which other website you are coming from!

In fact, they should sue again Google, along with Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple for distributing browsers that fill the referrer header by default. And now I'm going to stop before I give someone ideas.

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Toshiba makes play to replace NFC with own speedy short range tech

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Good luck

If we can believe the rumor mill, Apple is joining the NFC camp, after holding out for years. Getting a new system accepted widely is likely to be super extra hard.

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Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Re: Like hundreds of them doing a really, really boring job?

It is probably true that these drones are meant to be self-guided. But if you think Google does not have hundreds of employees somewhere doing a really, really boring job, you are probably wrong.

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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From what I read, it's not pictures that were just found in a day; some of these had been deleted by their owners long ago. It's a whole archive assembled over the years that just became public. So the hack is not recent.

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Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers

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Re: What's to criticize with Apple forbidding to sell that information?

What guarantees do you have they won't do it all the same?

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Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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Joke

Icon for satirical counter-riposte?

How about this one?

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: why Microsoft thought it would make sense on a desktop

Microsoft had zero developers for its mobile phones. No developers means no apps, means no users, means no developers, etc. Putting TIFKAM on desktop was a way to bootstrap development on mobile, by getting the countless developers for desktop Windows interested.

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Did Gabriel García Márquez know about this town?

Sounds like one of his novels. Doesn't end well either.

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NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

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Devil

This deal would not cause less competition!

…Because they are already not competing. I think that's an argument actually advanced by the two companies.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Alien

They're catching on!

Remember the coding marathon to implement the Higgs boson in their universe in time for the opening of the LHC?

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Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

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Re: Re: Surprise!!

Whooooosh!

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Breakthroughs

No innovation on original iPhone.

I also had a smartphone before the iPhone (a Palm). And let me tell you, the UI of the iPhone was heads and shoulders above it. It's easy to forget now that all phones are like that, but there really was nothing comparable at the time.

In particular, I don't think any other phone had swiping and pinch to zoom, which were a game changer for surfing the web using a small screen.

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Pedals and wheel in that Google robo-car or it's off the road – Cali DMV

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Re: Driving test?

The reason tests for computers are more strict is that computers cannot be expected to have common sense.

E.g if the whole road has disappeared due to a landslide, the human is expected to stop; no need to test the situation. But you need to check what the computer will do.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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There is a special kind of hell…

For people who represent percentages as concentric circles, with the percentage represented by the radius instead of the area.

I understand that the concentric circles are useful to represent a series of consecutively included percentages, but the area is all wrong.

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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Happy

Should be a good one

Since it's an odd number. Right?

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Get ready: The top-bracket young coders of the 2020s will be mostly GIRLS

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Re: No.

I assume his definition of gender equality means that about the same proportion of every gender should prefer to go into coding… Implying the reason for the current imbalance is that society at large is telling girls that women are not good at coding, and they should become nurse/housewife/stripper instead.

And yeah, it's all very fine to give everyone the same opportunity when people laugh at you if you try to take it.

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EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'

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Headmaster

Re: Hiding information NOT an impediment to Free Speech? Seriously?

Google is quite happy to ignore freedom of speech when it comes to dealing with China and other dictatorships.

This comment is not accurate anymore… Google has stopped censoring results in China some years ago.

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Google to offer special accounts for kids: report

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Not trivial

I understand that implementing the COPA rules can be a bitch to do properly, if you did not prepare for it from the beginning. More so when your business model is based on user information, I dare say…

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Angel

maybe they should call it…

Off.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Logic fail

My hope is that he is eventually, after many years, caught; sent to Sweden; trialled; then sentenced to a week of community service. I think the worst punishment for him would be when he realizes that there is in fact no extradition awaiting because nobody cares about him anymore.

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