* Posts by ratfox

3282 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: Apple

It's not about forcing users to buy Android phones. It's about forcing phone makers who want to sell Android phones to include Google apps.

You might say: Nobody would buy Android phones if they didn't contain Google apps! But if so, why does Google force phone makers to include them?

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Re: Where does the fine go?

Users benefit from more competition generating better products. The point of the fine is not to compensate anybody for anything, it's just to force Google to pay attention.

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Re: Choice on Apple?

Apple do their own phones, they can apparently do what they like there. The issue with Google is that they are forcing other companies to do what they want.

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Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France

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Re: How many repeaters?

Undersea cable was about $7 per meter for the deep sea stuff a few years ago. The real cost is the repeaters that are every 100 to 200 km along the line and used to cost about $1,000,000 each.

If your numbers are correct, the cable costs as much as the repeaters. Since $7 per meter for 100 to 200 km means $700,000 to $1,400,000 of cable between each repeater.

Speaking of which, it got me interested in where repeaters get their power from (the undersea cable includes a power cable, apparently), and how the repeaters work at all (I got as far as "Solid-state amplifiers" and gave up on understanding the rest).

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Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

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Ignorantia juris non excusat

But you have to pay to know it.

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'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: Same in Canada

They advertise fiber, but actually that's a fib.

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Tim? Larry? We need to talk about smartphones and privacy

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Hanlon razor applies

The reason Apple appears in that reference is that somebody did a search-and-replace on the letter for Google to create the letter for Apple. They even botched the job because the quoted title does not correspond to the URL...

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FBI for the Apple guy: Bloke accused of stealing robo-car tech

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Xiaolang is said to be looking to wash its hands of the matter, denying all knowledge of Zhang's plans

That would be quite an accomplishment, considering Xiaolang is his first name, and Zhang his last name.

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Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

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a couple of people I know, including my girlfriend, have no caller ID for good reason.

I'm curious; what's the good reason? Why would you call someone if you're not willing to let them know who you are?

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iPhone 8 now outsells X, and every other phone

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Luxury vs volume

The iPhone X is a super expensive luxury item people buy to show how much money they have. It is not surprising it is not the best-selling item; but that doesn't make it a failure.

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ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

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Good for regulators

Couldn't happen to a nicer ineffective and corrupt organization.

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European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

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Does this only cover the article 13 about filtering user content, or also the article 11 about press ancillary rights?

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Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it

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Re: Purism (real linux based) phones cannot come soon enough

Just saying, Android is Linux-based, too.

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Call your MEP! Wikipedia blacks out for European YouTube vote

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I'm confused

On one hand, the article says that this would finally stop YouTube from ripping off artists. On the other hand, a lot of people are calling this "Content ID for the web", meaning that everybody would need to have a system similar what YouTube already has. Which would mean that YouTube would just carry on exactly as before.

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Not API: Third parties scrape your Gmail for marketing insights

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What's "private email" (unless you're running your own mail server)?

Not sure if serious, but: Private email as opposed to work email.

Many people have an email account provided by their employer, and only use it for work. They have a separate "private" account, which they use for their communicating with friends and family.

Some people even have a "work" mobile phone, and a "private" mobile phone.

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New Android P beta is 'very close', 'near-final' but also just 'early'

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What we do know is that Android P's features were frozen

Android Popsicle it is, then

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Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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@Charles 9: That's precisely why this law was passed in record time, in order to avoid the same rules being forced through a ballot initiative. They can amend the law much more easily.

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Re: 49 to go

Texas does not have ballot initiatives. About half of US states do not.

Though I'm actually surprised that about half of US states do have ballot initiatives. Based on the ballots I heard about, I assumed only California had them.

It does seem an interesting system! In this case, it was really efficient.

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So... where's the rest? Xiaomi walks away from IPO with less than hoped

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Xiaomi the money!!

Honestly, that was such an easy one.

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Go forth and break it: Google pushes NASty Cloud Filestore to beta

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Trying to work out comparative costs between AWS, Azure and GCP file storage will require a data scientist/spreadsheet warrior type

I never went for dual class. Is a L9 cleric enough?

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Amazon’s Snowball snowballs as Google's clone gets real and IBM's comes to Europe

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Go

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway"

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GitLab's move off Azure to Google cloud totally unrelated to Microsoft's GitHub acquisition. Yep

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Re: How?

"Azure and to a lesser degree AWS"

Sure.

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Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

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One in twenty users?

According to StatCounter, 3.4% of Macs still run Mavericks, and 1.6% are even on Snow Leopard (link).

Then again, StatCounter data has been known to be highly questionable. For instance, they claim Google owns 66% of the search engine market share in Korea (link), and that's... dubious... to say the least.

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So you're doing an IoT project. Cute. Let's start with the basics: Security

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Nice guys finish last

The problem is that if you take the time to solve the security issues and make sure that you don't access too much data, your project is one generation late to the market. Then you are fighting an uphill battle to grab customers who are all looking for the latest shiny and don't know – or care – about security issues.

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Facebook sends lowly minions to placate Euro law makers over data-slurp scandal

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It is unsightly that politicians are trying to shore up their self-esteem by insisting they should talk to a famous person rather than a competent one.

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US Supreme Court blocks internet's escape from state sales taxes

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Re: Death and Taxes

The American solution is that companies will offer an online service to figure out what is exactly the tax rate for any item sold, depending on the positions of the customer and the store, the type of item, the day of the year, the phase of the moon, etc.

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Re: Er ....

The US sales tax system is a real mess. It would be completely fine if states charged different sales tax, but you have tons of local taxes, city taxes, weird taxes that apply to this side of the street and not the other, and even: Tax holidays, which are periods of a few days during which a certain sales tax is reduced or eliminated... But only for certain items.

For instance, in Connecticut, you don't have to pay the state sales tax if you buy clothes during the third week of August.

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JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

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Re: News sites should pay the aggregators.

Overall, aggregators appear to cost content providers significantly.

Then make the aggregators illegal, or force them to pay like Spain did. When Google shut down their news service in Spain, I suspect it was good for the largest media, where people would naturally turn to if they have no aggregator available. On the other hand, it was probably bad for smaller sites.

However, one thing I am certain is: If Google and providers would negotiate a price for showing articles in Google news, the providers would end up paying money for it.

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Microsoft Azure Europe embraced the other GDPR: Generally Down, Possibly Recovering

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Re: Title

Some employers know that their employees are posting on the Reg. The employees would like to freely comment, even when they disagree with their employer.

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Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

Precisely! The Chinese cannot get the Google experience, so that's where there is an opening!

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Apple hauled into US Supreme Court over, no, not ebooks, patents, staff wages, keyboards... but its App Store

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Really? You are on the App store, owned and controlled by Apple, and there is no way you can buy anything from the app-maker except through Apple. When I am buying on the Playstore, I certainly feel I am buying from Google.

In fact, I am not entirely sure that app makers even know my name. Most of the time, I expect they just receive their percentage payment from Apple and they have no idea who has installed their apps.

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'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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Re: Emacs

Shame there's no good text editor though!

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DeepMind Health told to explain business model, relationship to Google

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Wow

That's a pretty tall order, coming from an independent panel appointed by the company itself.

For the health data, it might be enough to just store it in AWS instead of Google? I doubt it's a significant amount of money, and at least, it would calm down the people who think Google will covertly use it for advertising.

I wonder if Oracle could appoint an independent panel that would ask them not to lock customers in!

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Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

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Re: Sensible

The very end of the document shows that they do have some sense of humour.

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Devil

You should probably see a doctor.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: It's simple: open STANDARDS

"The good thing with standards is that there's so many you can choose from."

There have been various Google-free Androids, starting with CyanogenMod. The problem is that to be successful these past years, you had to be fast. Mobile phones have evolved a lot, from the camera tricks to the fingerprint sensors. If your software couldn't keep pace, you disappeared. Lose one season, run out of money.

I believe that it is simply not possible at the moment for standards to evolve fast enough to keep up with the technology. If you wait for the standard to exist, you're already one year behind the proprietary solutions of the Apples, Googles and WeChats. Then nobody wants your phone, and nobody even wants to build it.

The big ones are essentially at war with each other for customers. You might be able to raise an army, but if your army makes tactical decisions by committee, there's no way to win.

There's a glimmer of hope: The pace of evolution seems to be slowing down, with less hardware features being added. If there's a moment of pause, it might be possible for an alternative to catch up. Fingers crossed...

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Re: Sounds good

It might well be that a EU ruling would force Google to make a viable alternative available.

On the online shopping case, the EU did not dictate a solution; they just gave a huge fine, and warned that the huge fines would keep coming unless Google found a solution to the issue they had created...

The way I see it, the Android case is much simpler. People can actually articulate what would be necessary to have a Google-free Android. They just need to tell Google to do it.

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ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

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Re: Time for a song

we need a popcorn icon

I have found that the beer icon works well for this purpose.

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So what happens when inevitably their money runs out because of mismanagement and corruption? They ask for a bailout?

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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easy come, easy go

Mama, life had just begun

But now I've gone and thrown it all away

Gallileo, Gallileo

Gallileo, Gallileo

Anyway the wind blows

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Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers"

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EU-US Privacy Shield not up to snuff, data tap should be turned off – MEPs

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No shit Sherlock

The EU will either have to admit they cannot protect the privacy of their citizens, or grow some balls and demand from all US companies to only store private data in EU-owned datacenters.

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Trump kept ZTE alive as ‘personal favour’ to Chinese president Xi

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Re: Even if he were a perfectly well-behaved excellent negotiator...

pre-established rules that would apply identically to everybody?

Ha ha ha ha... Wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder: HAA HAA HAA...

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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WTF?

Re: More inclusive?

Non vegans will NOT be represented by that salad

Seriously?

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Re: More inclusive?

They should give people the possibility to add eggs to the salad using a zero-width joiner!

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Google freezes Android P: Get your shoes on, tire-kicking devs

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Unlike Apple?

It didn't seem possible to me to set a supervised account on an iPad without creating an account for the child.

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G Suite admins need to RTFM – thousands expose internal emails

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Alert

When enough people make a mistake, it stops being a user issue, and it becomes a UI issue. Maybe putting a big warning sign on the option would be enough to solve most of the issue.

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You have suffered without red-headed emoji for too long. That changes Tuesday

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I demand moustaches and beards!

How can I properly express myself without handlebars on my emojis??

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Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to reform voting rules as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'

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Re: Meh

Well yeah. There's things in life that cannot be bought, such as love, or control of Facebook. That's a fact that outsiders should have known from the start. It makes no sense to complain about it.

Outsiders shares give no power, but they do give money. Well, theoretically; in practice they don't give dividends, so you only make money from them if you sell them higher than you bought. Luckily, the actions are at a historic high, so if you don't like the voting arrangement you can sell them right now.

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Whois? Whowas. So what's next for ICANN and its vast database of domain-name owners?

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We don't have a popcorn icon

So the beer will have to do. Anyway, it's Friday.

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