* Posts by ratfox

3206 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

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Agree

They are accusing Google of "taking money from one pocket and putting it into another". But that would mean Google is taking money from its own pockets rather than accepting the money from its rivals. There's no advantage for Google to do that. If the rivals were super good and Google Shopping was not competitive, Google would just happily shut down their own product and take the money from the rivals instead. It's not like they've never shut down products before.

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Will Dell eat VMware? Or will Carl Icahn snack on Dell? And where does Uber fit in? Yes, Uber!

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Why he’d want to go from a stable, ethically-led company to the controversial world of Uber is anyone’s guess.

Well, if he won't do it for money, maybe he'll do it for a shitload of money?

As CFO, maybe he'd enjoy the challenge of fixing Uber's finances.

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Elon Musk's latest Tesla Model 3 delivery promise: 6,000... a week

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But have you seen how the rear doors of a Tesla X open?? SO COOL!

Joking aside, I think Tesla are the only cars where the dashboard computer display is worth a damn. As far as I've seen, all the competition use roughly the same quality as in-flight entertainment systems.

Not that I'll buy any electric car soon, because I don't feel like planning on advance where I'll plug my car during road trips.

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A good salesman is like a double-edged sword. Sometimes the product works and then it's a good thing. If the product does not work, then good salesmen are dangerous. Personally, I tend to avoid buying from good salesmen.

Elon Musk is an excellent salesman.

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One of IBM's latest financial figures was off by four cents today – so down go its shares

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These days, choosing IBM is a good way to get fired.

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Google, AWS IPs blocked by Russia in Telegram crackdown

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Silly Russians, that's what happens when you don't have a great firewall.

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New Galaxy un-smartphone can’t go online because Samsung's thought of the children

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WTF?

$180 for a feature phone?

I'm sorry, what?

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Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Discovery is a problem

I'd like to give a special mention to iPhones for this gem: In order to save a PDF of an email, you need to use a "3D touch", aka press harder, on the print preview:

Create a PDF of an email on an iPhone 6s

As a bonus, this only works for phones that support 3D touch, so if you have an iPhone 6 or older, you can't save a PDF of an email.

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Anon biz bloke wins milestone Google Right To Be Forgotten lawsuit

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Re: Right to be forgotten.....

Ok, for the people who still didn't get it, there's no need to use the Wayback Machine. Everything is still on the web for the world to see. The articles just won't show up in Google when you search for the man's name, but might still show up in other search results.

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Actually, I looked for a while, and it's really not easy to know exactly who they are. There's candidates, of course; but there's so many it's difficult to know which.

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Schrems' Facebook case edges closer to ruling over EU-US data flows

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I'm prepared for a whimper

I frankly doubt that the EU courts will have the balls to force Facebook to balkanize its data into independent units. The recent US law makes it very clear that as long as Facebook US keeps control over the place where the data is stored, they have to cough it up to Uncle Sam whenever he asks. So the tech giants would have to set up separate entities, which cannot even exchange data if they want to... Even storing emails becomes a huge problem if they're sent across the Atlantic.

I'm fully expecting the EU authorities to give up and admit they are unable to protect our privacy from the US government.

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A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more

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Re: if it works

I would say it differently: Working unit tests means everything is fine, if you will never need to change it. If you know you will need to change the code, but you don't understand how the code currently works, then you have a problem, and working unit tests are not going to help you.

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Google's not-Linux OS documentation cracks box open at last

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Counting Oracle's chickens

The court ordered the internet advertising behemoth to cough up US$9bn to the database giant

Not quite. The court ordered that Google would have to pay Oracle damages that must be determined in another lawsuit. The $9bn is Oracle's own estimate of how much they should get paid, and they might be biased.

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C'mon, Zuck... don't make us feel second class. Come talk to us in Europe – EU politicos

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I find a bit pathetic that politicians insist on talking to the CEO of the company, when he is obviously not the most competent person to talk to.

By the way, is this the first time that EU bods ask for an American CEO to cross the Atlantic? Meetings must happen all the time, but I don't recall there was a similar invitation for Bill Gates in the 90s.

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Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

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Re: I've heard it all now

If they didn't advertise it on the internet, who would notice?

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COPPA load of this FTC complaint: YouTube accused of collecting children's data

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B, but... I also watch my little poney!

If I understand correctly, they are accusing YouTube of tracking children, because they show videos for children on the main site, which children are not supposed to watch, and which tracks all users. And the solution is... Removing all content for children from the main site?

That's an interesting strategy. In this way, you could also argue that Google Search is clearly tracking children, because it tracks all users who access the web, and the web contains a lot of stuff for children. Ultimately, you would not be allowed to track any user at all unless you're a porn site. PH because porn site.

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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Still superior to Finder

(body)

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Mozilla rejects your reality and substitutes its own … browser for VR and AR goggles

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To be honest, I would be really interested in seeing what could be done with a 3D interface to the web. We largely surf in 2D, but I can see no particular reason it has to be so.

Of course, it might amount to nothing. On one hand, 3D games are legitimately a form of entertainment very different from 2D games. On the other hand, you don't really need VR or AR to have a 3D interface, so if there was something great to do in 3D, people would probably have thought of it already...

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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The case against multinationals

Slowly but surely, the only option left to EU governments to implement the privacy protections guaranteed by their own laws will be to demand that private data must be held in European data centers operated by independent European companies, which have no need to obey US demands. I'm not sure they will go that far, or that they care enough about our privacy...

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Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

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Re: Having a common kernel is a good idea,

That's not how single points of failure work.

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Re: OS !== UX && OS !== CPU

I am afraid that in this case, the convergence of the OS also means a convergence of the UX. In particular, I'm afraid that because most Mac users use it for very little serious work, the UX is going to converge to a consumer experience similar to the phones.

There has already been a few changes in that direction. For instance, they had in Finder windows this "All my files" folder, which is so useless to anybody doing serious work on a computer that's it's almost insulting. I think that's been removed now (and of course you have people complaining since it was so useful to them), but it's a pretty good indication of what can go wrong when you design for your average users.

A bit like when Windows introduced the ribbon, and the most prominent buttons were "copy" and "paste".

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: Just nonsense from teachers that are too dumb to do anything...

While you clearly know the requirements for teaching, and it would be easy for you to do their job. Ahem.

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Uber self-driving car death riddle: Was LIDAR blind spot to blame?

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It shouldn't be hard to reproduce the accident scene, and find what went wrong.

What I wonder is, even if we admit that the lidar didn't see her, at some point she was in the headlights, and the cameras should have seen her. For almost a second. Too late to avoid the accident, but never too late for an emergency break, reducing the damage. If it takes more time for a computer to recognize the situation and react than for a human, we have another big problem.

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Java-aaaargh! Google faces $9bn copyright bill after Oracle scores 'fair use' court appeal win

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Re: Bifurcating a spectrum often leads to problems

Yeah, it's kind of weird that you have so much riding on a yes/no decision that's flipped three times already.

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How a QR code can fool iOS 11's Camera app into opening evil.com rather than nice.co.uk

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Re: Is This A Feature?

Hanlon's razor applies here. I suspect the camera app uses a regular expression. Those are dangerous and the work of the devil, because they let even intelligent people think they know what they are doing.

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Re: QR codes were never cool

The same argument can be made for all URLs. Whatever you click online, there is always the possibility that it leads to malware. QR codes are nothing special in this regard. The solution is not to do nothing because everything carries a small risk.

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Students: Duh, of course we're blowing our loan bucks on crypto coins

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Investing right now is bad timing.

A few years ago? Go ahead invest in it.

Not that I disagree with what you said, but people said the same thing a few years ago!

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You'll like this: Facebook probed by US watchdog amid privacy storm

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Re: You are always in control of the information you share with Facebook." ®

> guarantee the return or deletion of your information

Can I have my drawing of a spider back then please?

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Google gives its $1m Turing prize to, er, top Google bods: RISC men Hennessy, Patterson

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2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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Re: I guess we shouldn't be surprised

Indeed, it used to be that GPU were completely unreliable for precise computations. Of course, that has changed in the past decades, when the industry realized that there was money in fast GPUs that did not make mistakes, and advertised them as such.

There's nothing wrong in itself with GPU that return slightly imprecise results in exchange for speed; but that should be clearly announced so that buyers know what to expect.

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Telegram still won't hand over crypto keys it says it does not store

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Re: Can you stop repeating Boris shite

Polonium-210 is just yet another agricultural poison

You know, for a lot of your tirade, I don't really know whether what you are saying is correct or incorrect. I admit it's not my domain of expertise. But if you are going to claim that Polonium-210 is routinely used in agriculture as an herbicide or insecticide, then let me go ahead and say that this part, right there, is complete bullshit.

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Pretty courageous to stand up to a regime known for poisoning people they don't like.

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Horn star Sudan, last male northern white rhino, dies aged 45

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Facepalm

Rhino horns are so valuable that people steal them from museums. All that for a substance which you can get from biting your nails.

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US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

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Huh? 20 acres?

How many Olympic swimming pools is that?

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Here is how Google handles Right To Be Forgotten requests

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Re: "Google also uses the Buganizer tool as a way of managing workflow"

could someone please specify what the legal status of an untrained lawyer is ? Because as far I know, it is NOT A LAWYER.

You have something wrong here. This process is the equivalent of ringing the bell of your neighbor and asking him if he would cut down his tree which is growing over your side of the fence. You might threaten a lawsuit if he refuses to do it; but at this point, it's not a legal process. You didn't hire a lawyer yet, he doesn't need a lawyer to answer you, one way or another.

What Google is doing with this process is deciding whether they will accept the request immediately, removing the need for a lawsuit and all the red tape. If they say no, then the lawyers get involved.

In the end, it's only in front of a judge that real legal decisions can be taken. Lawyers can only argue for one side or another. It makes no sense to demand Google use lawyers unless you hire your own lawyers to argue against them, and the whole point of the process is to avoid that.

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Ugh, of course Germany trounces Blighty for cyber security salaries

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Re: Switzerland

Sure, salaries are twice higher in Switzerland... But then everything is twice as expensive as well!

That said, I've never understood why IT salaries in London are so low, considering the cost of living, and what should be a healthy competition among finance companies to attract talent.

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Google buffs Chrome Enterprise with new tub of PartnerShine™

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Chrome OS is generally held to have about one per cent market share, while Chromebooks now account for around five per cent of laptop sales

Those numbers look a bit contradictory. Or is there really so many more desktops than laptops that 5% of laptops is only 1% of computers?

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Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

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If I were the judge I'd toss a coin

And that's why I'm not a judge.

Is it really important what exactly did that man (it's a man, right?) do all those years ago? In a sense, the gravity of his crimes was already measured when he was convicted to less than 4 years of jail (which is I understand a condition for a conviction to be considered as spent). Ideally, it should not be necessary to decide of that again. I'd have thought the judge would just throw out any and all arguments about the gravity of his crimes as irrelevant.

But maybe that's also why I'm not a judge.

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YouTube plan to use Wikipedia against crackpots hits snag

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Re: Partnership requirement to read?

Is it really a significant increase, whether in bandwidth, or in number of nutjobs?

I mean, Wikipedia isn't exactly a small site that nobody visits. And it's already been the target of conspiracy nutjobs for many years. I doubt that there's going to be a sudden increase in traffic from people who had never heard of the site before.

I think it might be the first time a website would complain about Google relying on them and sending them users :-D

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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Happy

However, the disease progressed more slowly than predicted and married, kept working and became a titan of both hard and popular science.

I like this version; please don't change it!

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Man who gave interviews about his crimes asks court to delete Google results

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[...] will result in his name being plastered everywhere again

Does it? I'm not sure it means that. The injunction could pretty well keep going after the lawsuit is over, even in case of a loss, couldn't it? I'm sure that there are open-ended injunctions.

The loss only means that you will be able to find those websites on Google by looking for his name, whatever that name is, just like you are able to do it now.

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Tech giants should take the rap for enabling fake news, boffins tell EU

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Re: Too big

they had a duty to build such safeguards into their systems, before they got big

Well actually, the thing is, there is no law forcing those companies to build safeguards. If there was such a law, they'd be getting sued already. What's under discussion is whether they will police themselves, or whether governments will have to write ham-fisted laws forcing them to.

That said, I don't recall big tech ever openly claiming they were too big to be regulated. They might play with the notion, hinting that they'll just leave the country and drop services if regulators attempt to control them; but I've never seen an example where they just go out and use that as an argument. In fact, it'd be pretty stupid of them to do that, because that's precisely the kind of behavior that means regulators should intervene.

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Thank god for tech giants

Imagine the Internet consisted of small independent services; who would be to blame then?

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Air gapping PCs won't stop data sharing thanks to sneaky speakers

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Meh

Probably their next paper will be about extracting data from an air-gapped PC by training a camera at the screen while it displays information.

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FCC levies largest ever fine: $614m on Verizon (that's about three days of profit for telco giant)

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Broken clock

I was going to say the same.

Note the complete lack of mention of Ajit Pai in the article. Not that I like the guy or his policies, but it would be fair to mention him whenever the FCC happens to be doing the right thing.

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Elon Musk invents bus stop, waits for applause, internet LOLs

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Re: RE: Crossrail

If NASA had had 3GHz onboard computers for Apollo and the shuttles they'd have been able to land a rocket upright too. Fact is, it's still just cheaper to ditch them in the ocean.

Now here you are almost certainly wrong. The computers cost nothing compared to the engines.

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Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics

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Justice is not always as blind as it should be

I believe that if he had not been such a controversial person, publicly making unpopular business decisions, he might have been treated differently by the legal system, and spent less time in prison.

And it couldn't have happened to a nice guy!

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Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

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There you go

Face Vomiting was approved as part of Unicode 10.0 in 2017 under the name “Face With Open Mouth Vomiting” and added to Emoji 5.0 in 2017.

You're welcome!

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Ex-stream action: YouTube slays Zombie horde in AdSense battle

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Looks like there's an opportunity for alternate video hosting websites, by just being a bit more permissive than YouTube...

Though... Everybody who can stay on YouTube will remain on YouTube, because that's where most users are... So you'll end up with all the "edgy" stuff. Why not?

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