* Posts by ratfox

2481 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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Re: that’s giving our customers and advertisers what they find most useful.

You jest, but Google only makes money when people click on the damn ads. And since Google makes a lot of money, it must mean that a lot of people find the ads useful!

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Apple's fruity wristjob breathes down Fitbit's neck

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Impressive for Fitbit

It's impressive that they managed to keep their lead on Apple. I'd bet on them keeping that lead. I would say that most of the people who were going to buy an Apple watch bought one already, and the demand for next quarters is going to be lower, until they release a second model. Fitbit, on the other hand, probably is selling the same amount regularly, and did not get a particular bump this quarter.

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EU Commish demands proof of Google's evil from rivals, customers

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The statements of competitors notwithstanding, the only other subject that didn't seem to be solved was the subject of scraping… and that was before the German publishers admitted they preferred Google to scrape and display snippets rather than just display titles.

Then again, maybe they prefer the Spanish solution.

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

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WTF?

Huh?

Surely, monopoly power is precisely what is granted by the patent system? Isn't it working as intended?

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Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

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Not likely

I think the Supreme Court would be fools to hear the case, and I think Samsung know it. Or they're being taken for a ride by their lawyers who are swearing they can make it if only they receive a little bit more money.

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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My first reaction was also "How can it be possible to do something useful out of a NULL pointer?"

Not that I'm knowledgeable about OS programming, but it seems unlikely that dereferencing a NULL pointer would have any legitimate use…

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Verisign sues Google's new love-interest .XYZ for a second time

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I hope Verisign is forced to pay for their opponents' lawyers.

That should really be mandatory when a massive corporation loses a groundless lawsuit against a much smaller business.

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Er, uh ... sorry! Project Ara will not launch this year after all

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I can't see an use for this

I love Lego as much as the next geek, but I can't really see the point of this. The amount of people who want to modify their phone according to the occasion is probably less than 1%, and the result has to be more bulky than a standard model in which components can be put more tightly. The way I see it, it's a solution looking for a problem.

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China laments 'wild guesses and malicious slurs' on state hacking

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Headmaster

Barrack?

Barack, surely.

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ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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Re: Guess Zuck really is a boy genius!

Isn't the issue that he made freely available the tool to exploit the problem, rather than informing Facebook privately and letting them fix the bug in advance? That's what security researchers do usually, isn't it?

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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So is there a statute of limitations about skipping bail?

I'm unsure if that is the case. IIRC, Roman Polanski would still be put in jail if he is ever caught in the US, almost forty years after sex with a minor. There is no statute of limitations that apply, not due to the nature of the crime, but due to the particulars of how he escaped after pleading guilty.

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Aussies turn to comic cat videos for comfort

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Angel

Can't watch the show on the website, as I'm not in Australia.

…Is it on YouTube yet??

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Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

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WTF?

All because I change my default search engine in Firefox doesn't mean I want it changed in Windows \ Cortana.

…I'm trying to imagine a universe where I want to use a different search engine depending on whether I start my search from the browser or the OS. I think it's the first time I've ever seen somebody claim they want this, but maybe I just lack imagination.

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Re: There does seem to be a problem with Cortana

I guess that very soon the word Cortana will get the meaning of 'That Windows Nag that just won't go away'

a.k.a Clippy 2.0

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IWF shares 'hash list' with web giants to flush out child sex abuse images online

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Indian carriers forced to send TXT for every 10 megabyte download

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My first SMS while visiting India was "You can also surf the web here with roaming". The second was "Entertain yourself! Watch a few videos on www.YouTube.com".

Nice try…

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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as far as I know, the last was Sweden in the 1950s

Sweden changed in 1967, Iceland in 1968. A smattering of African and Asian countries changed since, most recently Samoa, which switched to the English side of the road in 2009.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: That old chestnut

There are some things you just have to accept as being a risk if you wanna keep a certain level of freedom

<Insert Benjamin Franklin quote>

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EFF's Privacy Badger will block snooping ads and invisible trackers

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Re: Would you stop with...

Yeah, I missed that episode too. Hasn't the EFF existed for much longer than Google?

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Copyright troll wants to ban 'copyright troll' from its copyright troll lawsuit

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Re: Never Heard of Them.

I would assume downloading isn't something they have a problem with, it is uploading what you downloaded from them that causes them to lawyer up.

That's not the way I'm reading it. It looks to me like they're attacking people who download their stuff from third-party websites. Because technically, it is illegal to simply download.

You'll remember that the music industry also used to sue random Joes for like $15'000 for every single song they downloaded, as an attempt to scare the public away from randomly downloading from the Internet. The music industry has stopped with the aggressive scare tactics, not because downloading has become legal, but because of the backlash in public opinion.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Re: Yep.

To be honest, this concept of privacy is almost recent. Only a two hundred years ago, you wouldn't have dreamt of hiding your secrets from your neighbors. People mostly lived in small towns, and had no anonymity, and not much privacy either.

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

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Happy

Nice title

It got a laugh out of me

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Cop shops mock cop for cop stop flop: He'll cop it for copping it up - top cop

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Nice business

1. Stop random cars

2. Ask if they have money

3. Confiscate the money under civil asset forfeiture laws

4. Profit

It would be funnier if some actual cops were not already doing that.

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We made a new Do Not Track thing – not like you'll use it or anything, huffs emo teen EFF

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Chrome is on board. Does that mean that Google will respect it?

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Stop

Yeah right

taxes upon income are lower over there, as Ed Prescott pointed out, so it makes sense to work more hours

I'll believe this when there is a study comparing US States and finding any kind of correlation between local income tax rates and number of holidays taken.

It is entirely silly to claim the income tax rate is the determinant factor for the different length of holidays between the US and Europe.

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VIAGRA found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

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It's a publicity stunt

What better to get people to buy their alcohol?

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Crap web team

Looks like he needs to fire them…

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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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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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