* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

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"A Village Fair with a Church Behind"

What's so ecclesiastic about this uncovered behind?

Google, SAP continue love-in with a patent-share agreement

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It's just a patent cross-licensing agreement. I doubt their employees will ever meet apart from lawyers.

'Govt will not pass laws to ban encryption' – Baroness Shields

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"The first duty of any government is to keep our country and our people safe."

"Those who would give up essential liberty…"

Oracle: Fight for the right to be third to Amazon's AWS

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Keeping old customers is easier than convincing them again.

Oracle has a lot of customers in production apps is that they have few other places to go, and migrating is painful. I'd go as far to say that a lot of customers would want to leave, if only they could.

If it comes to developing new solutions in the cloud, however, Oracle has no such user base. And I feel that a lot of their customers are weary to tie themselves again to the big O.

Taking advantage of your monopoly is a dangerous game.

'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'

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"The suit seeks unspecified damages in excess of $5m."

So little? Apple could save a lot of time and just pay it right away.

Google can't hide behind Alphabet, EU competition commish warns

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Don't hold your breath

The previous attempt to fix the issue took too long for the antitrust commissioner to see it to end before he had to step down from his job. And that was the fast track.

It's mind-boggling that this can take so long, but I guess each side is allowed months to prepare their retort. Even when the retort amounts to "Your momma".

US broadband giants face 'deceptive speed' probe in New York

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Karma is a bitch.

Mystery object re-entering atmosphere may be Apollo booster

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"How long was I out there? They won't tell me anything."

Court to Wikimedia: Your NSA spying evidence is inadmissable, so you can't prove NSA spying

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Re: Get a big broom, judge!

Sorry, copy-paste failure. I meant 1000 m3 of course.

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Re: Get a big broom, judge!

1000 mm3 of sand is a square patch of 30 meters by 30 meters, and one meter deep. On most beaches, that's a pretty small patch.

Numbers of cubic meters always sound more impressive than they are.

Oh, and grains of sand are much less than 1mm3.

You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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This is stupid

What the feds say is that Apple's EULA allow them to hand over the data. What Apple says if that they are unable to decrypt the data.

There's no law that makes it illegal to flap your arms and fly either.

Sales down, profit up, 1,000 bods chopped: Your one-minute guide to Planet Microsoft

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I hear Google is hiring.

Google stock buy-back: You'll groan when you realize where that $5,099,019,513.59 figure came from

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Re: Stock is way up after results.

The news failed to turn heads on Wall Street one way or the other. Google stock was up by a modest 1.43 per cent at the end of the day, trading at $651.79 per share.

Erm. That happened before they released the results. The stock was up 10% after hours to $720, which I believe is an all-time high.

Some like it hot ... very hot: How to use heat to your advantage in your data center

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Re: Data centers can be run much warmer

I do understand that the current limit on DC temperatures isn't set by the machines, but the people servicing them.

Google's YouTube Red deal: Sign, or we'll make you disappear

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Re: Subs service...for YouTube?

The current YouTube is staying as before, kids are going to keep watching. What is new is a paying ad-free service with a few more features.

Though I read in TechCrunch that Disney has refused the new terms, so there's that. Disney might still leave their videos on YouTube without monetizing them (no ads shown), otherwise they will disappear.

Temperature of Hell drops a few degrees – Microsoft emits SSH-for-Windows source code

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Re: Good.

Just like Powershell already can do somewhat more securely than SSH, you mean?

Wow, Powershell has been ported to Linux and BSD? I didn't know that.

Your one-minute guide to IBM's financial future – or just imagine a skier tumbling down a slope

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Re: Unless the management stops behaving like a bunch of accountants

IBM has a long history of hiring intelligent people, and I'm sure some of them are staying until retirement. But in the current job market, what intelligent person would take a job at IBM, when much more friendly work environments are available?

Weight, what? The perfect kilogram is nearly in Planck's grasp

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Re: Kelvin?

Wasn't Celsius originally based on 0C being the boiling point of water and 100C being the freezing point.

1) No, that's the reverse.

2) The boiling temperature and to a lesser extent the freezing temperature of water depend on the pressure, so that was a little bit imprecise. Celsius are now defined by the triple point of water, which determines both a precise pressure and temperature. The definition is now roughly: "absolute zero is 273.15 °C = 0 K, and at the pressure of the triple point of water, the temperature of the triple point of water is 0.01 °C = 273.16 K". The 0.01 value was chosen because that was the approximate value under the previous definition, and they didn't want to change all existing thermometers.

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Re: Kelvin?

The unit of a kelvin is based on a degree centigrade which is based on the melting point of a couple of metals (don't remember which) because ice/water/steam is a bit too variable.

Sorry, that's incorrect. The Kelvin is defined as being 0 at absolute zero, and 273.16 at the triple point of water. That's the current official definition, which they are planning to change:


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Re: Kelvin?

Precisely, it involves pressure, in that the pressure is precisely defined… And since 0K is pretty much defined to be absolute zero, you don't need anything else. What do I miss?

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I thought the Kelvin was pretty much well defined by the triple point of water?

Google publishes crypto mandate for Android 6.0

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What power does this have?

What happens if Sony or Amazon make a phone and load it with Android software that doesn't encrypt the phone by default, or not at all?

Google has the power to kick people out of their Open Handset Alliance if they make incompatible devices, and that's how they stopped Acer from selling a phone with Aliyun OS. Would this work the same?

…What happens to Huawei if China makes it illegal to sell phones that are encrypted by default?

Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

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Re: How does this work?

Extending from this, what happens if something is 0.95 euros, and the person purchasing only has 0.90 in 'sliver' and three 2c coins? Who will lose out on 1c?

For the moment, shoppers are allowed to ask for exact change. In this case, if the customer insists, the store has to find a 1c coin to give back the change, and if they can't I imagine that they will just accept the customer only paying 0.94 euros.

However, this change is caused by the fact that nobody cares about such amounts. I remember a study showing that the psychological value most people give to 1c coins is actually negative, meaning that they are more trouble than they are worth.

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Makes sense

Switzerland's smallest used coin has been 5 cent of a Franc (more or less equal to 5 Euro cent) for 30 years, and even those feel like a waste of time to keep around in your wallet.

Strangely, Wikipedia claims the 1 cent coin was still struck until 2006, even though item prices have been rounded to 5 cents practically everywhere since the eighties.

Switzerland also seems to have the most valuable coin in circulation: 5 Swiss francs, a bit more than £3.

Get ready to register your drones in the US – or else

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What's a drone?

What's the difference between a drone and a remote-controlled toy? The former are apparently a big deal, the latter have existed for decades without regulation required.

Job alert: Is this the toughest sysadmin role on Earth? And are you badass enough to do it?

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How many cops can there be?

More importantly: where would you drive anyway?

New Nexus 5X, 6P smarties: Google draws a line in the sand

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Re: QI and unlocked phon

Almost no phone requires unlocking for taking pictures. The assumption is that people want to take the picture now now now before little Johnny stops making that funny face, and unlocking goes in the way.

QR codes (that's what you mean, right?) are not decoded by the standard camera app; you just end up with a picture of a QR code and the phone does nothing with it. You need to use a different app for taking pictures of QR codes and having the phone follow the link.

Minicab-hailing app Uber is lawful – UK High Court

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Re: some would say the taxi meter is the device that tells you the cost of the journey

The taximeter is the device that measures the charge. From taxi- and -meter, meaning charge and measure. Originally, a "taxi" was an abbreviation of taximeter cab, as in "a cab with a device that measures the charge".

Volvo to 'accept full liability' for crashes with its driverless cars

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I believe doing this will be far more difficult with driverless cars. To begin with, the driverless car will be far more adept at avoiding the collision than a normal driver. And even if you manage it, the driverless car will have complete records of the accident, including the suicidal behavior which caused it.

Google uses humans as Matrix-style ‘data batteries’ – Open Xchange CEO

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As far as I understand, Google already encrypts data from client to server, between servers, and at rest. They started doing this soon after the publication of the NSA slide which noted with a smiley that Google decrypted data as soon as it was on its network.

But that only makes it difficult for the NSA to hack user data. They can still get a secret court order (aka national security letter) and have Google hand it over.

FBI boss: No encryption backdoor law (but give us backdoors anyway)

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Die Gedanken sind frei…?

The government has not made it mandatory to submit to examinations by mind-reading machines who will delve into your mind and read your every thought, despite the obvious advantage this would be for national security.

The question is, is the reason they haven't done it that they don't think the government has the right to do it, or is it only that these machines do not exist — yet?

What's not up, Docs? Google Docs goes titsup in time for Friday beers

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Re: Ah...the Silicon Valley Ivory Tower

Fine, but be sure to also drop a control group, fully equipped with their own servers in their backpacks. And check which ones get out of the desert fastest, or at all.

Israeli lander FOUND ON MOON (in 2017)

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It goes too far

This selfie craze must be stopped!

Assange™ offered 'plans for escape by flying fox to Harrods'

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Apart from "everyone's out to get him". He seems to need to give interviews from time to time just so that the world doesn't forget about him.

Safe harbour ruling: RELAX, Facebook and Google will be FINE!

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Re: Keep Calm and Carry On

They don't even need to ignore it, they have DCs in Europe… Haven't they gone through this with Russia already?

Read our lips, no more EU roaming charges*

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Re: Mmm...

You're lucky. I pay 2€ for every MB in data roaming. I can get it cheaper by buying 200MB for 100€. Nice, eh?

Want cheaper AT&T gigabit service? Move to a Google Fiber city

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Re: As AT&T found out years ago

Salaries are costs, too! Well, maybe not that of the CEO.

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Autonomy ex-boss Lynch tells of poisonous life within HP in High Court showdown

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Re: Despairing....

Quite a lot of people would say that this is a feature, not a bug. Would you rather have the workstation salesmen undermine their own unit by pushing an inferior product, just because it is made by the same company?

At best, this would be inefficient; at worst, it can land you in regulatory trouble: See Microsoft and Internet Explorer.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: Email keyword sniffing? We'd NEVER do that!

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Re: If I paid £600 for a handset

Google doesn't sell £600 phones; Apple does. You get what you pay for and all that, I guess.

How to evade Apple's anti-malware Gatekeeper in OS X and really ruin a fanboy's week

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Yeah, I'm not sure what is that "much more secure" base OS X starts with.

OS X is mostly "more secure" because there are so few of them that malware writers have not bothered much to find vulnerabilities. By that stick, Linux is even more secure.

It's BACK – Stagefright 2.0: Zillions of Android gadgets can be hijacked by MP3s, movie files

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Carrier pushback

Carriers certainly have a history of putting conditions for selling Android phones. E.g Verizon Galaxy Nexus phones were the only ones not to have the Google Wallet feature, because Verizon was trying to push its own payment solution.

It's hard to believe now, but at some point in the past Android was an underdog, and Google had to convince carriers to sell Android phones.

FBI: We unmasked and collared child porn creep on Tor with spy tool

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Re: Could someone let Director James R. Clapper know...

The most likely explanation I can come up with is that Reg officials have a more powerful UI without such limits.

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Re: Could someone let Director James R. Clapper know...

It's a bit curious that he was able to display a gimp icon while posting as AC. Some kind of bug?

Tear teardown down, roars Apple: iFixit app yanked from store

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Don't get it

What's the violation? Do Apple actually have T&Cs forbidding developers from opening devices and taking pictures?

Hands on with Google's Nexus 5X, 6P Android Marshmallow mobes

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Re: Still don't want Chinese Kit!

You'll have problems these days finding a phone that wasn't built in China.

And if we're talking about software, Nexuses are pure Google, so as American as can be.

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I'm in the Android faction, but rather than saying "a good thing", I'll say "it's about bloody time".

Android had to be nice with developers in the beginning to make sure they had enough apps, but this has stopped being an issue for years.

Uber's double Dutch moment: Cops raid offices a second time

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Agree. I have no ethical problem with not respecting a stupid law; but you have to be prepared to pay the price for not respecting that law. It is only if enough people are prepared to pay that price that the stupid law will be repealed.

Tesla X unfolds its Falcon wings, stumbles belatedly into the light

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I don't buy that these doors can open in tighter spaces. Normal doors can open 30cm and let you squeeze through. These cannot, unless you fancy crawling on the ground.

Yahoo!: Who! cares! what! US! taxman! thinks!, we'll! spinoff! Alibaba! anyway!

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Indeed, Yahoo! is Purple Palace, which does appear in the article!

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