* Posts by QrazyQat

39 posts • joined 4 Mar 2008

Top plods reconsidering mega deals with Olympo-blunder firm G4S


Yeah, who could have foreseen the foul-up outsourcing security to that guy at the mall would bring.

Build a bonkers hi-fi


"Build a hifi?" Isn't this "Buy a hifi and plug it in"?

How much DO they pay you to go to Amazon, type in "hifi components", hit the "sort: most expensive first" button and cut and paste the results?

ICANN’s archery contest misses its target


Re: Here's a though...

That's like, you know, work.

Tony Blair closes RSA 2012, denounces WikiLeaks


"I was in Washington for meetings yesterday, and I have to be able to speak frankly. You can't have a situation where" the public who elect you know what you're doing.

HP earnings fall 44% on Whitman's debut quarter


Rhetorical question I know but why do they keep picking from this tiny "talent" pool of washed up failures from other big companies? They'd be better off picking at random from a list of McDonald's night managers.

webOS daddy Jon Rubinstein exits HP


The phrase "bad Ayn Rand novel" is redundant.

Thai floods flush storage channel clean


Why make 'em there?

Why there? Because in Thailand that's where the people are, and because Thailand is the sweet spot for quality/price manufacturing (just ask Honda).

Now ask why they didn't plan for an annual event -- worse this year than others, certainly, but annual and predictable.

MC Hammer getting into search business


Please Hammer don't... wait, there's only like 4 jokes connected with the guy. Even the Jonas Bros. could net you 8 or 10.

Wannabe Obama replacement tried to hire Ballmer


Mittens wanted Ballmer? Yet more evidence that Mittens would be a horrible president.

Amazon's Kindle Fire is sold at a loss


"Anyone thinking they can create with a tablet is deluding themselves"

You forget that nowadays the guy who pushes the start button on the computer that does stock trading for a bank thinks he's a "creator".

Samsung plots 3G iPhone, iPad bans in the Netherlands


Gee, I don't know; maybe pointing out to Apple that "ban your device" wars aren't so smart to start when your opponent has patents on stuff while you're just complaining that Samsung made a flat tablet with rounded corners and a screen on one side -- just like every tablet ever made.

Inconvenient truther hints at multiple iPhone October


Those who think that those beta iPhone's were not deliberately "lost" for the sake of internet buzz will also think that Apple didn't ask Al to make this announcement.

HP may NOT spin off PC biz


Given that we've learned that the SEC is corrupt, has anyone been watching the board and higher ups at HP in terms of what they're doing -- buying and selling, shorting, etc. -- with HP's stock?

HP sued by investor over PC and TouchPad antics


"sending its stock price plummeting by around 20 per cent."

Sounds like it's time for another round of CEO bonuses!

Anti-gay bus baron rages at being stuffed in Google closet


perhaps Google didn't do it but someone did

Can anyone say Google bomb?

Insulin pump maker ignores diabetic's hack warnings


via wireless?

If removing your brake pads could be via wireless I'd be worried. But it can't, can it, so it's a really stupid attempt at a counter.

Samsung refuses to buy HP's PC business


that's what he said

Choi added "Plus, we're not idiots."

Acer founder: 'Tablets, ultrabooks just a fad'


doesn't that make him a good person for this since that's how they've made their money

Wouldn't a company which has made it's money based not on leading edge innovation but instead on being correct about what fads to chase and what to avoid be a reasonably likely source for good guesses on what fads are or are not going to be putting desktops out of business? I see Acer is doing a tablet, it's just that the guy doesn't think it and other tablets are offing PCs.

HP's beloved 12c calculator turns 30


nostalgia is sometimes good

Still have mine (the one I have must actually be nearly 30 years old by now). Great key action on that thing. And I did find that RP was a much more sensible way to do even simple math with a calculator than the usual method.

Barnes & Noble answers Microsoft's anti-Android suit


Just you wait

I'm writing up a patent on making obvious objections to software patents in online comments, and when it's done you'll be hearing from my lawyers!

Sexy eco-bulb wins Design of the Year


next step...

I hear SCO is filing a patent on it.

NY youth makes $130k selling real(-ish) white iPhone 4s



"$279 is competitive?!"

Can you get it cheaper anywhere else?

Colonel who slammed Afghan HQ PowerPoint culture is fired


please tell us

that he was fired via a PP presentation.

Steve Jobs denies Judas Phone antenna problems


So Jobs held a press conference

to tell us the iPhone 3 has crappy reception too?

Google Buzz accused of EPIC FAIL


if not, then

If you don't like "epic fail" how about "Buzz kill"?

FBI chief barred from online banking by wife


Bad, but could be worse

Pretty stupid. This is a guy who's out protecting us? T-riffic. OTOH, we could have the Thailand PM, whose maid defrauded him to the tune of around $30,000 with his bank card. How did she get his PIN? He wrote it on the back of his card.

World's nastiest trojan fools AV software


OMG Doom! Again!

OMG Doom! Again! As usual, our only hope is to become customers of security firm Trusteer.

Palm rejected Jobs's 'no poaching' Applers offer


One thing we can all be grateful for

One thing we can all be grateful to Bill Gates for is that's he's kept Steve Jobs from being the monopolist. It almost makes up for inflicting Ballmer on the world, but then Ballmer does provide comic relief.

Rosetta Stone rocks Google with trademark lawsuit


New rules needed

They "own" the phrase "global traveler"? We need a rule that if anyone even tries to trademark something like that they lose all trademarking rights for a decade.

G20 police demand ID as train staff ordered to spy on passengers


don't you mean...

"At least the Canadians have the good grace to speak and spell properly."

Don't you mean "proprely"?

Greenbird sail-car wafts in as future of zero-emission motoring?



"can someone explain how it can go faster than the wind that is pushing it?"

Google "Greenbird" go to their site and click on "How it works". BTW, there was a post and comments on this wind-powered "faster than the wind" on Good Math, Bad Math a while back (http://scienceblogs.com/goodmath/2008/12/the_real_bozo_attempts_to_aton.php) where MarkCC, to his credit, apologised for calling the guys who demonstrated such a "faster than the wind" device bozos when he himself just didn't understand how it worked. The subsequent comment thread (and the threads in his previous posts on the subject) do a lot of explaining about how this works, including the math if you're into the nitty gritty.

Did TomTom test Microsoft's Linux patent lock-down?


How secure is MS's patent in this respect anyway?

"How secure is MS's patent in this respect anyway?"

Microsoft could spend millions of dollars per day forever for lawyers; tying up things in courts for years makes any patent pretty "secure", no matter its actual legitimacy. Look how long SCO kept things going with a fraction of the legal resources.

Metallica's Lars Ulrich illegally downloads own album


He owes the RIAA now

It would seem Lars now owes the RIAA some $838,000, which is what his DLing apparently cost them, according to what they charge everybody else. As he is a principled man, I'm sure the check is in the mail.

No snapping: Photographers get collars felt


gander, meet goose

"there were individuals who had learnt how to use cameras at demonstrations as a means to wind individual officers up."

If the cops haven't done anything wrong, they have nothing to fear from someone with a camera.

Police likely to ignore Brown's cannabis changes


"lethal"? What's he been smoking?

Let him show one death from "this more lethal part of cannabis" first. Not driving while stoned, which can and should be regulated, but lethal pot use.

From the handy-dandy internets thingie:

"According to which US Government authority you want to believe, the lethal dose of marijuana is either about one-third your body weight, or about 1,500 pounds, consumed all at once.

"In summary, enormous doses of Delta 9 THC, All THC and concentrated marihuana extract ingested by mouth were unable to produce death or organ pathology in large mammals but did produce fatalities in smaller rodents due to profound central nervous system depression.

"The non-fatal consumption of 3000 mg/kg A THC by the dog and monkey would be comparable to a 154-pound human eating approximately 46 pounds (21 kilograms) of 1%-marihuana or 10 pounds of 5% hashish at one time. In addition, 92 mg/kg THC intravenously produced no fatalities in monkeys. These doses would be comparable to a 154-pound human smoking at one time almost three pounds (1.28 kg) of 1%-marihuana or 250,000 times the usual smoked dose and over a million times the minimal effective dose assuming 50% destruction of the THC by smoking.

"Thus, evidence from animal studies and human case reports appears to indicate that the ratio of lethal dose to effective dose is quite large. This ratio is much more favorable than that of many other common psychoactive agents including alcohol and barbiturates (Phillips et al. 1971, Brill et al. 1970). "

Women love chocolate more than password security


practice makes perfect

Women are also used to giving out phoney phone numbers to pushy men; no wonder they could come up with a non-verified password quickly. Seems what this survey showed was that men are too dim and slow to pull a phoney out of their grey matter.

US teen cuffed for disposable camera 'Taser'


yeah, right

"Another overreaction by the left wingers in the country."

It's the rightwing that's pushed the "zero tolerance" policies as part of their "if it moves, jail it" approach to society.

Apple forbids Windows users from installing Safari for Windows


Brilliant move: instant market share!

Since any Windows PC with Safari installed will now be, by definition, an Apple-labelled machine, Apple will gain market share like crazy. And you thought this was tupid.

Jimbo Wales dumps lover on Wikipedia


but really

I'm sure the Encyclopedia Britannica would've handled such a situation just as poorly.


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