* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

City of London cops in Christmas karaoke crackdown shocker

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Devil

How can you be arrested for giving something away free for private use, that's not available to buy publicly?

This is in a nutshell the paradox. On one hand, if it's not yours, you're not allowed to use it, period. On the other hand, if what you are doing literally cannot hurt anybody, why is it forbidden?

In a way, it's quite close to "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?"

Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…

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Re: Get a grip on reality

When faced with the reality that AVs will get people killed

Citation needed.

On average, around 90 people die every day in car crashes, in the US alone. It's hard to imagine that "AVs" will do a worse job.

An on-demand video subscription isn't just for Christmas... Oh. It is

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Re: OTT = Negative Connotations

What is the other terminology?

…For that matter, what does OTT mean?

I can turn Yahoo! around claims hedge fund manager

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Re: Nice buildings, good location

I'm not interested in sports, but Yahoo finance is still really good in my opinion.

Curiosity Rover digs into humanity's first alien sand dune

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Surely if the dunes move one meter per year, we only need to wait a bit to know what's under the sand?

US House okays making internet tax exemptions permanent

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Re: Totally Skewed Outlook!

What is skewed is that things sold online are technically also taxed. It is the buyer who is supposed to declare what they bought, and pay additional taxes (and of course nobody does that). Because in principle, it is the buyer who pays sales tax, not the business.

I sympathize with the States. The lack of sales tax imposed on online sales is a true loophole in the principle that they are allowed to tax anything bought by a resident.

Judge adds new army to Uber driver suit

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Fully agree. I don't understand how courts can sometimes accept these clauses as legal.

In-a-spin! Yahoo! clutches! Alibaba! baby! to! breast!

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Makes sense

Most of the value assigned to Yahoo's market share comes from the Alibaba shares they own. Spinning those out incurs a significant risk on taxes.

The value assigned to Yahoo's core business is either small or negative, depending on who you ask. No tax penalty, go ahead!

Unsourced, unreliable, and in your face forever: Wikidata, the future of online nonsense

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Re: I'm puzzled by the example

It's true that due to Arab and Moslem threats everyone moved their Embassies to Tel Aviv, but it's not the capital.

Er… I think you'll find that the reason everyone moved their embassies to Tel Aviv is, officially at least, that they consider Tel Aviv to be the capital of Israel.

In fact, even the US State Department officially does not consider Jerusalem to be part of Israel at all. A US citizen born anywhere in the world normally has their country of birth listed in their passport under "place of birth". Except when born in Jerusalem: In that case, the passport shows "Jerusalem" instead of any country. This behavior has recently been confirmed by the Supreme Court. And that's not an Obama thing, it was the same under Bush.

'Paedo hunter' who made £40,000 from blackmail jailed for 9 years

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Meh

Additionally, he described himself as being very close to a family in Thailand

*shudder*

Most businesses collecting data they never use, survey finds

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Holmes

Obvious

Scientists measure everything, just in case they might need it. Companies record everything, just in case they might need it. Engineers store everything, just in case they might need it.

You have to work hard to figure out and throw away everything you don't need, and you might regret it later. There is simply no incentive to do it.

Revenge porn 'king' Hunter Moore sent down for 2.5 years, fined $2k

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Re: Interesting Tweet

Take care of the customers, and the investors will take care of themselves.

Infosec bods rate app languages; find Java 'king', put PHP in bin

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Windows

It's not the language

It's the people who use them.

In the same way that it's not the BMWs who drive like twats; it's the people behind the wheel.

Sysadmin's former boss claims five years FREE support or off to court

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Happy

Lawyers at Setsquared's new employer quickly sent off a missive to quash those threats

It's nice that sometimes you can have corporate lawyers on your side. It doesn't happen very often, so you should treasure the opportunity!

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

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Coffee/keyboard

Windows 10 is bad for your privacy, and it is damaging Microsoft’s reputation as a trusted consumer brand.

Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H-1B peeps

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Mushroom

I hope they have proof in writing… And I hope they get $$$ from Disney.

The H1-B program exists for a reason, but cheaters give it a bad name.

Randall Munroe spoke to The Reg again. We're habit-forming that way

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Re: “I call bats 'skin birds'"

The word was deformed from the Latin which meant owl-mice. Supposedly, owl because it flies and is nocturnal.

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Re: Biannual

My dictionary claims that bimonthly can mean any of twice a month, or every two months.

I'm honestly not sure what use such a word can be anymore. I blame descriptivism.

Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

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Lacking context here

So is this just a fun hobby for a billionaire, or is there any kind of plan to monetize it or use it for Amazon?

EDIT: Never mind, looks like space tourism is the goal here. Apart from having fun with big rockets.

Russian cybercriminals steal $790 million in three years

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Re: Subsidiary in Bermuda

It's my understanding that the government cares about you paying taxes a lot more than they care about how you get your money. Gaining money illegally and not pay tax on it is a lot harder than gaining money illegally, declare it as income, and pay tax.

Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption

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Meh

we need Silicon Valley not to view government as its adversary

Too late.

Seven-year itch claims Splunk CEO

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Splunk?

Never heard of them. The world is big.

US 'swatting' Bill will jail crank callers for five years to life

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Re: Loophole?

Yes, that earned a WTF from me too.

Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

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Re: Don't understand the rage

The problem is not the price of the device, it's going out of their way to make sure it cannot be replaced by the numerous alternatives that are cheaper and already widespread.

That's like Audi making sure you can only fill up with the extra-expensive fuel they sell in very few locations.

'Hacked by China? Hack them back!' rages US Congress report

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Unhappy

Pot, kettle, black

It's would be funny if it wasn't so important.

DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

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The question then is, can a mass-market car maker move 'up market' in Europe

That I remember, Audi also used to be fairly mass-market… Wasn't the TT their first "cool car"?

Prudish Indian censors cut James Bond Spectre snogging scenes

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Paris Hilton

"Also, there should be a dance sequence somewhere in the film"

VirusTotal invites Apple fans to play in updated Mac malware sandpit

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Coat

But if we fight viruses…

Won't we breed new strains of more resistant viruses?

Google extends search tendrils to cover data in apps

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Makes sense

People create apps rather than web sites to give a better experience, but they still want what they offer to be discoverable…

Apple's Faulty Powers moment: iPad Pro slabs 'temporarily bricked' during recharge

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Rechargegate!

You saw it here first.

UN fight for internet control lined up in Brazil

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Re: When conferences were in power

If you check sources, you will see that the United States signed the treaty, but never ratified it. And UK did not sign at all.

The same conference also resulted in a treaty against chemical weapons, which was ratified by everybody except the US. Hmm.

Decoding Microsoft: Cloud, Azure and dodging the PC death spiral

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Re: What PC death spiral?

"yes a mac is a PC"

Depends on what definition you use, innit? "PC" has been sufficiently attached to Microsoft that it allowed the "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" campaign. One way or another, Macs aren't bringing a lot of money to Microsoft.

The x86 powering back ends are nice, but Microsoft revenue still has taken quite a hit these past years.

The Internet Association backs FCC's muni broadband push

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Re: Fixtures

I'd add that the oligopoly between US providers is especially chummy. There's lots of oligopolies and even duopolies which see vigorous competition, but somehow this just isn't happening here. To the point that the CEO of Comcast stated they should be allowed to form a monopoly with TWC, since they were already not competing anyway…

Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise

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Devil

Lucky for her it wasn't in the US!

She'd have gotten 2 years more for bringing a Kinder surprise in the country.

Microsoft capitulates, announces German data centres

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Re: Not buying into any of this....

a know, where are all the European competitors to these American giants, with their own EU based data centers?

Go ahead and build one. It's not rocket science.

UN privacy head slams 'worse than scary' UK surveillance bill

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Re: Nothing new about 'trolls'

He went about writing anonymous messages on notice boards after dark.

Romanes eunt domus!

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Re: Vincent Cerf was right.....

Agreeing with Vint Cerf.

On a side note, it is the anonymity of the web which caused the apparition of trolls and flame wars. Those old enough will remember how articles of the late nineties reported with nothing less than astonishment the way that otherwise normal and polite people would insult and demean each other on newsgroups, due to this fancy new anonymity allowed by the web.

I'm not entirely sure whether that was a blessing or a curse, but the fact trolls still exist does seem to indicate we are still more anonymous on the web than we were before it existed.

Cops gain access to phone location data

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Re: "161 years in prison for the robberies, despite being a first offender"

He didn't make a deal. Big mistake. Just like getting sick without having an insurance; you're guaranteed to be in debt the rest of your life, having to pay thousands for what would normally cost a few bucks.

Freebooting: How Facebook's 8 billion views could be a mirage

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Paris Hilton

That means that Facebook users, instead of just posting a YouTube video, go to the trouble of downloading them and reuploading them to Facebook? What's the point?

LG picks up US smartphone crumbs, gains on Apple and Samsung

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WTF?

How come Apple Maps is installed on only 29% of devices, when it is installed on 100% of the 43% of iPhones??

Judge bins Apple Store end-of-shift shakedown lawsuit

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Re: According to reports from Brazilian (and other countries) prisons...

So that's why iPhones have been getting bigger!

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Re: I wouldn't work at a place...

I wouldn't work at a place that has so little trust and regard for their own staff.

I suppose it's great you are able to find a job so easily that you can afford to set conditions, then.

Cloud will kill tech sales jobs

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Cloud will get rid of salespeople?

Good. /grumpycat

Trident test-shot startles West Coast Americans

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Happy

4 millions views! That's a bit like winning the lottery.

Gods' own broadband: Loon option for DEITY

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The problem with using Loon in India is that the balloons would eventually end up flying over China. I can't see them being happy about that.

Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

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Thousands of buildings use nets to keep the pigeons away. I don't even know what the problem is.

Linus Torvalds targeted by honeytraps, claims Eric S. Raymond

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Trollface

You wish.

UK cyber-spy law takes Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance – and sets them in stone

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Big Brother

It must be soooo frustrating to GCHQ that people are still able to harbour thoughts in their mind, and that they have no way whatsoever to read those.

Man hires 'court hacker' on Craigslist ... who turned out to be a cop

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Re: Model Penal Code

Sounds about right that the crime would be "transitive".

Otherwise, you could ask someone to ask someone to ask someone to ask someone to ask someone to kill somebody, and escape with a fine if caught.

Spanish town trumpets 'Clitoris Festival' thanks to Google snafu

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