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* Posts by ratfox

2117 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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Re: Pretty arrogant

Indeed, the person I most recently saw wearing the Google Goggles was a woman… But in the first place, I wouldn't go to an HP exec for fashion advice.

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: How's that gonna work?

Not. Facebook has been blocked there for years.

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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Re: No stats

Nice to have some numbers! The worldwide PC shipments for that quarter was around 75m, 5m of which were Macs. Assuming the growth numbers stay the same, there will be more Chromebooks than Macs sold around 2016. It's not negligible, but it's not that much either.

If we compared to smartphones in terms of current market share, I guess Chromebooks would be Windows phones, Windows would be Android, and Apple would be Apple. The winds seem to be blowing differently, though.

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Re: I'm baffled

Take them down? How? Go after the hosting company? It's in China and doesn't care about your yapping. Revoke the domain name? The next day the site exists under a slightly different name. As pirate bay has shown, it's remarkable how difficult it is to get rid of a website you don't like.

Some would argue that this is a feature, rather than a bug, of the Internet.

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YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

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Blasphemy!

"The right combination of price, convenience, and inventory will do far more to reduce piracy than enforcement can."

No, no, no! Services should be as inconvenient and unavailable as possible! How else can you charge an arm and a leg for basic functionalities?

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Only half of the conditions

In order to have investments, you need profits, but also competition. Take TWC and Comcast: they make profits, but are not competing against each other. They are even proclaiming it: one of the arguments they are advancing for their merger is that anyway, they are already not competing against each other, so nothing would change. No competition means no need to fight for customers means no investments. QED.

On the other hand, I don't think there is anybody who would claim that Apple and Google are not competing against each other. The fight for market share is real, constant, and there is even Microsoft trying to make a viable third horse. For them, banning a network means losing users. They are unlikely to play that game.

Oh, and about Google Fiber: considering it exists in about half a percent of the US, I doubt Google can leverage anything on that front.

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Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

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It does feel like Catch-22

The FBI can hack into whatever computer in order to prove it is yours. Either you deny the computer is yours, in which case you are not protected by the 4th Amendment, and their evidence stands, or you admit yourself it is your computer, in which case their evidence is dismissed, but you have incriminated yourself; something you should have a right not to do according to the 5th Amendment…

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OMG, we're gonna be invaded by NEXUS 6 replicants – no, wait. It's just a rumored phablet

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WTF?

If Android doesn't have something at that size there will be a hole in their portfolio

They've never heard of the Galaxy Note, have they?

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Google in 'right to be forgotten' snub probe: Ireland tackles moans

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Our remit does not include dealing with complaints from organisations that have had search results to their websites removed from a search engine

Whose job is this then? Is there no one responsible for that?

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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This applies to the offline world and should also apply to the online world.

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!

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Google: Hey kids, dump all your files over here with us!

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Unlimited?

If I had such an unlimited account, I'd feel like testing how "unlimited" it really is… Like, 10PB of white noise coming up!

I suppose Google can count on upload speed limits to keep it reasonable.

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Microsoft outspends world's tech firms with '€5m' EU lobby bill

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Tracing the bribery is exactly what it is all about.

Whoosh!

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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I hope he realizes how much advertising he is doing for the new features …

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EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else

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So Microsoft is complaining that Google is twisting the arm of its competitors and making their life difficult? How very considerate of them <_<

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Wasn't this inquiry started at the request of unhappy phone makers? Don't they already have enough dirt to back up their complaints?

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: sign of the times

Here you go

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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Finding a way to reverse the hash function would mean an earthquake in theoretical computer science. It would be a discovery on the order of cold fusion. Scientists have tried for 30 years to solve such problems, and while we don't actually have proof, there is little chance that it can be done in a reasonable amount of time.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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Re: Nobody will buy the smaller engine

Normally rear wheel drive is better in snow

Say what??

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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

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Is it even relevant?

That I understand, Apple hardly pays anything to Ireland anyway, thanks to its double Irish Dutch sandwich… 2% or 20% of nothing is still nothing.

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Euro chiefs: Hi Google. Here's how to REALLY protect everyone's privacy. Hello? Hello?

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Re: Why can't they just be up front about what they want?

On one hand, the precise description of everything Google does with the data in all possible configurations would probably dwarf the Encyclopedia Britannica.

On the other hand, Google does not want to have to publish new T&Cs every time the data is used in a different way. I imagine there are several more every month.

Finally, Google might want to keep secret some uses of the data, to avoid competitors imitating them.

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Stanford Uni: Google cash leaves us entirely impartial and unbiased

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The way I read it, it is Stanford who wants to protect itself from accusations of impropriety, by ensuring Google money is not going to people who might be defending Google.

After the Lessig thing, it would make sense for the University to take steps. Now they can claim that Google is not paying their academics to write anything favorable to the company, since the Google money does not fund these people. See?

Of course, this is at best a semi-truth, considering Google money can fund other people working on unrelated things, and these other people would otherwise have to be paid by a different source of funds, which can now go to the privacy people.

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The Schmidt hits the brand: Apple's iPhone 6 is a year late, scoffs smug search supremo

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Well, it's not because Samsung had the features first that their phones are better. I believe the fingerprint scanner existed on a Samsung before it did on an iPhone, but the rumors say the iPhone version works better.

On the other hand, this should put to rest the accusations that Android phones are copying iPhones.

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EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

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Re: @Terry Barnes

Warning: I think half the AC in this thread are trolling… Well, that or parodying a merkin republican. Hard to tell sometimes.

That said, fuck the telcos.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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WTF?

…And seriously, what kind of setup would you have that lets the web server set environment variables with data from the user??

I would have called that a big gaping security hole in itself …

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Yahoo!... Our Alibaba stake's worth BILLIONS. Oh – our shares are in the toilet

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Well, that's the thing

Yahoo could theoretically give all the cash and stock they own to their shareholders, and it would be more than the official worth of the stock; then the shareholders would still own a business that makes a billion a year in profit.

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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I say good for them

Blizzard is one of the few companies able to look at a product being built, after a lot of work done, and say "not good enough". They've done it before, with the adventure game that was supposed to be about Thrall's youth.

That's what it means to have standards. I wish there were more companies like them.

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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@John

((How do you insert a url?))

With old-fashioned HTML code, like this:

< a href="http://google.com">link</ a>

(This one is not made into a link because the tags contain spaces)

Italics and bold are also possible. You might have to have a silver badge though. Not sure if bronze is enough.

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'In... 15 feet... you will be HIT BY A TRAIN' Google patents the SPLAT-NAV

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Re: Public domain.

Six months ago, I created prior art against such a patent in this post:

My idea to use echolocation to warn the user of incoming lampposts is much better.

And by the way, unless somebody filed a patent for that already, this post will count as prior art. I'll stuff a few keywords to make it easier for the experts to find it: Cell phone echolocation radar sonar detection lamppost wall advance warning system bullshit.

…Ok, now the USPTO will have to reject the patent for being insufficiently novel.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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Nor an operating system with no sense of resolution independence.

When you control exclusively what devices can use the OS, you don't really need resolution independence. And when you want developers to write a lot of apps for your brand new OS, a single resolution is a feature, not a bug; as mentioned occasionally by Apple on the subject of Android fragmentation.

But indeed, they are paying for it now. Three different screen sizes, and the downscaling.

I find this downscaling rather curious coming from Apple. Surely it wouldn't have been very hard to have an actual 2208x1242 screen? Why such a compromise? Maybe the battery life…?

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Re: Always Critical of Apple

Seriously, is anyone going to even consider the 16 gig flavour when there is no expansion possible?

I have a 16 GB Nexus 5 here, had it for a year. Never felt I needed more. In fact, I had to check in settings for the first time to know how much memory I had in total (~13 GB, I assume the rest is Android), and how much I was using (~9 GB, of which ~4GB of apps, ~3GB of pics and videos, and ~2GB for music and cached data).

Unless you have a lot of music or you are hoarding apps, I find 16 GB is plenty enough…

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Holmes

Essentially, stop showing its own products in a different way than standard results. Stop showing a map from Google Maps when searching for an address. Stop inserting a box of reviews from Google Hotel Finder when searching for "Hotel in London". Stop showing results from Google Flights when searching for "flight from LA to SF". Stop displaying results from Google Shopping with pictures.

Go back to displaying 15 blue links and ads and nothing else. Otherwise, they are unfairly displaying their products in a nicer way than those of competitors, which are only displayed as typical search results.

It would be arguably worse for the user; but it is precisely because the current situation makes it so convenient for the user to click on a Google product that the competitors are complaining. The day Google started displaying unit conversions when searching for "10 miles in km", a dozen websites lost 90% of their traffic. Just because Google answered right away the question of the user.

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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@Test Man: Welcome to planet Earth

If Microsoft US ultimately loses its appeal, and faces the prospect of heavy fines for not somehow turning over the data, they will order Microsoft Ireland to turn it over. Microsoft Ireland might well be technically an independent company, but it still has to do whatever Microsoft US tells it to do.

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Re: Contempt

but I suspect it will loose

loose → lose

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Why don't they just…

…check the GPS data of the pictures?

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Almunia faces GRILLING from MEPs over FAILED Google settlement deal

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Re: Lets he honest

The accusations are overblown, but not entirely without foundations. Though the products that Google are pushing are often better or reasonably as good as competitors (Maps, News, Shopping), it sometimes shows reviews from Google+ more prominently that reviews from Yelp. And in that case, I dont feel users are better served.

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: Am I the only one...

I'm not that into social networks in the first place, but I doubt it will be scrapped completely. The forced integration seems to be going away, but a lot of features are useful and can be recycled.

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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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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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"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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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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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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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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