* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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

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Re: They takes their chances

I think Yahoo has just decided that they needed to get rid of their shares of Alibaba, one way or another, with or without being taxed for it. So they might as well go ahead and do it now, since all preparations have already been done.

The IRS doesn't seem willing to decide fast, and Yahoo doesn't want to wait the possibly years it will take, when anyway it wouldn't change their decision.

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

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Why the silly^W fancy doors? I can understand that for some kind of sports car, for which practicality is not the most salient point; but for an utilitarian car sitting seven people, isn't that a bit uncommon?

You want a 6% Google Tax? Get lost, German copyright bods told

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Money goes the other way

The Spain experiment shows that publishers are actually benefiting from news aggregators rather than the reverse. In fact, if I remember correctly, publishers who want their articles to show up on Yahoo News actually have to pay Yahoo.

Considering Google's whole profits come from getting paid to show links to websites, they probably have a very good knowledge of who profits from what. It is understandable that they refuse to pay up.

US watchdog POKES STICK at Google's Android over rival-blocking allegations

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Indeed

Apple used to be able to say they are not dominant, and therefore do not need to give access to rivals.

However, with iOS at 43% for Android's 52%, that is a defense they might not enjoy for long.

PETA monkey selfie lawsuit threatens wildlife photography, warns snapper at heart of row

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So where are the IP lobbyists?

I seem to recall that there are a couple of well-funded organizations who often defend copyright holders, lobby for extending the duration of copyright, and fight piracy on the internet. How come they are not helping this guy?

iOS 9 security blooper lets you BYPASS PINs, eye up photos, contacts

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He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her

Strange how complicated the world is, that nobody is able to write software without security bugs.

PH for title.

You call THAT safe? Top EU legal bod says data sent to US is anything but

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Re: the US has never been safe

As if data stored in the EU is safe from the NSA…

Cyber crims up the ante with Google Play brainteaser malware

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Re: So the second attempt sat there for almost a week

Large companies get slower, not faster.

Total War: Warhammer, Blood Bowl and other Games Workshop table-to-screen delights

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Devil

I had to stop playing Blood Bowl because I was getting too attached to my players. Still, I proudly remember my best catcher, who had attained the level of Legend. He had gained so much agility that he could easily intercept within the tackle zone of two enemy players, then just walk away and score a touch down.

My last match, against a Chaos team, had me losing 1-0, the only goal just before the end of the game, and right after the KO by fouling of my last player still present on the field.

Who probes the Google probers? EU Commish in watchdog's sights

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They didn’t consult us about the settlement, despite saying publicly that they had asked everyone

I've been following the whole story for a while, but I can't say I remember reading about Interactive Labs. Does anybody knows what they do? A cursory search did not return much, which is probably due to Google deliberately removing them from the results… Or the fact that there are bazillions of web pages containing the words "interactive labs".

Get that OFF dot-com, hysterical France screeches at Google

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Re: Geo-blocking?

This isn't about information that is wrong or defamatory. Nobody has the right to force website to take down the data. They only have the right to tell Google to stop showing it in their results.

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The law does not force the website to remove the information. Some of them may even official government websites which are legally mandated to make the information available forever. This goes counter to the idea that irrelevant information should not be displayed.

The idea of the EU is that you can both have your cake and eat it by keeping the data on the website, and telling Google not to display these results in queries for personal names.

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IP geolocation?

I'm pretty certain Google roughly knows where the user is in the world (or at least, it tries to). Why don't they simply filter the results whenever the user is in Europe, and display everything otherwise?

Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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Happy

Good kid knows how to do the V sign

The proper way, for the police.

Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming

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Carry on as before

It certainly seems true that nothing much has changed with this ruling. Whether fair use is a right or an affirmative action, there is no particular constraint on how much copyright owners need to give it attention before filing a claim. Much ado about nothing.

Infosec lady flings sueball at Microsoft over 'gender discrimination'

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This certainly puts in perspective the very visible efforts at our company to insist on non-discriminatory treatment of minorities, encouragements for women to go for promotion and so on.

It seems that at this point, any large US company that is not publicly and ostentatiously pushing for gender equality at all levels opens itself to this type of lawsuit. I would had assumed that Microsoft had enough internal efforts to cover its ass, but maybe this lawsuit will prove me wrong.

Uber is killing off iconic black cabs, warns Zac Goldsmith

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Is that a tragedy?

I doubt people come to London to visit its iconic black cabs. Now, if the double-decker buses were to disappear, however…

Twitter sued for 'reading' private direct messages

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Re: Next up

Yes, short URLs are fairly dangerous, as you never know where you're gonna end up.

BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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Sure, sure. I just wanted to point out that the argument that porn objectifies women is extremely common.

This bland assertion to the contrary was not unlike coming in a discussion about global warming and state that humanity has obviously no influence on the climate.

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Coffee/keyboard

Luckily it's very easy to separate porn etc. from reality so I can't see it harming views on women

*Cough cough* …I think you'll find this view is controversial.

*Cough*

Unique astronaut job perk: Create a SHOOTING STAR by having a dump

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Twins and space travel

I know how this ends: The twin who comes back is much younger than the one who stayed on earth, right?

Should take down mean stay down? EU’s Big Internet quiz leaks

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WTF?

Google has developed its ContentID music filtering technology to identify songs as they’re uploaded – but it refuses to turn it on.

Huh? Isn't ContentID famous for being not only turned on, but also trigger happy, and even abused by some media companies?

There was the time where it identified NASA footage of curiosity as being "owned" by a small TV company who hadn't bothered to remove it from their automatic uploads.

There was the time where half the let's play videos got flagged despite nobody having complained about it.

And a quick search finds many testimonials of how difficult it is for video creators to fight spurious claims from media outfits that are either by laziness or by dishonesty blindly confirming every single contested claim.

'Hey Siri, it's Obama, what should we do about Iran?'

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Happy

Re: Leave your browser running

"Where do I work?"

Indeed, Google Now answers properly to "Directions to work", but can't answer "Where do I work"…

I'd say the programmers never thought that somebody would ask such a question. There's no good answer for "Who am I" either!

Apple drinks Putin’s Kool-Vodka, shoves Russians' iCloud data into Russia – report

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Hang on a minute

Does the law say "private data should exclusively be kept in our country", in a funny attempt to keep it safe from prying governments which I'm sure is making the NSA roll on the floor laughing, or does the law say "there should be a copy of the private data in our country" so they can have a look at it themselves?

Witness Apple's iPhone-iPad extravapalooza here in our no-hate zone

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Coffee/keyboard

This bigger screen iPad Pro lets you touch documents, watch movies, play music. CHECKMATE ANDROID

You owe me a new keyboard!

Drunk Japanese warrior cuffed after NINJA STRIKE on shop robot

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Terminator

Terrible aggression

We should create new laws to punish this type of hateful behavior towards Basilis^Wour more advanced brothers.

Lawrence Lessig's White House tilt hits crowdfunding goal

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Headmaster

Kahless

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Gloves on as Googler deposits foul zero-day on Kaspersky lawn

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Re: A bit shitty though

That I understand, it's just the existence of the vulnerability that was disclosed, not the vulnerability itself. That can be announced before; it even serves as a heads-up that a fix is coming imminently.

You shouldn't be paying for mobile ads (please buy our software)

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Coat

He also said it was down to publishers who rely on advertising for funding to find alternative business models.

…Well, we'll always have Wikipedia I guess.

Euro telly bods say 'non' to spectrum sharing with mobiles

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Go

DTT and LTE cannot share spectrum?

Well, I wouldn't mind seeing DTT go…

Apple muscles in on biz world AGAIN – this time with Cisco pact

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WTF?

Desk phones?

What year is it?

Google's Chrome to gag noisy tabs until you click on them

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Re: Why not make it optional?

The way I understand it, that will still work. As long as the tab is visible when the sound starts, it will keep going on even if you hide it.

I bet a lot of people start a music video on YouTube and keep surfing in a different tab; I'm sure Google thought of them.

Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

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Apparently, Microsoft is one of the biggest backers of the investigation.

You don't say…

Actually, I wonder what product Microsoft claims is unfairly penalized by Google. They have no more map service, and surely they're not asking Google Search to show results provided by Bing? Do they have a social network?

US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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It's going to be tough to make it look like the F35 won. The A10 is a specialist without equals.

I wonder what the pilots would choose; I would choose reliability.

Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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Re: that’s giving our customers and advertisers what they find most useful.

You jest, but Google only makes money when people click on the damn ads. And since Google makes a lot of money, it must mean that a lot of people find the ads useful!

Apple watch breathes down Fitbit's neck

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Impressive for Fitbit

It's impressive that they managed to keep their lead on Apple. I'd bet on them keeping that lead. I would say that most of the people who were going to buy an Apple watch bought one already, and the demand for next quarters is going to be lower, until they release a second model. Fitbit, on the other hand, probably is selling the same amount regularly, and did not get a particular bump this quarter.

EU Commish demands proof of Google's evil from rivals, customers

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The statements of competitors notwithstanding, the only other subject that didn't seem to be solved was the subject of scraping… and that was before the German publishers admitted they preferred Google to scrape and display snippets rather than just display titles.

Then again, maybe they prefer the Spanish solution.

Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

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WTF?

Huh?

Surely, monopoly power is precisely what is granted by the patent system? Isn't it working as intended?

Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

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Megaphone

Not likely

I think the Supreme Court would be fools to hear the case, and I think Samsung know it. Or they're being taken for a ride by their lawyers who are swearing they can make it if only they receive a little bit more money.

Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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Paris Hilton

My first reaction was also "How can it be possible to do something useful out of a NULL pointer?"

Not that I'm knowledgeable about OS programming, but it seems unlikely that dereferencing a NULL pointer would have any legitimate use…

Verisign sues Google's new love-interest .XYZ for a second time

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I hope Verisign is forced to pay for their opponents' lawyers.

That should really be mandatory when a massive corporation loses a groundless lawsuit against a much smaller business.

Er, uh ... sorry! Project Ara will not launch this year after all

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I can't see an use for this

I love Lego as much as the next geek, but I can't really see the point of this. The amount of people who want to modify their phone according to the occasion is probably less than 1%, and the result has to be more bulky than a standard model in which components can be put more tightly. The way I see it, it's a solution looking for a problem.

China laments 'wild guesses and malicious slurs' on state hacking

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Headmaster

Barrack?

Barack, surely.

ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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Re: Guess Zuck really is a boy genius!

Isn't the issue that he made freely available the tool to exploit the problem, rather than informing Facebook privately and letting them fix the bug in advance? That's what security researchers do usually, isn't it?

Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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So is there a statute of limitations about skipping bail?

I'm unsure if that is the case. IIRC, Roman Polanski would still be put in jail if he is ever caught in the US, almost forty years after sex with a minor. There is no statute of limitations that apply, not due to the nature of the crime, but due to the particulars of how he escaped after pleading guilty.

Aussies turn to comic cat videos for comfort

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Angel

Can't watch the show on the website, as I'm not in Australia.

…Is it on YouTube yet??

Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

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WTF?

All because I change my default search engine in Firefox doesn't mean I want it changed in Windows \ Cortana.

…I'm trying to imagine a universe where I want to use a different search engine depending on whether I start my search from the browser or the OS. I think it's the first time I've ever seen somebody claim they want this, but maybe I just lack imagination.

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Re: There does seem to be a problem with Cortana

I guess that very soon the word Cortana will get the meaning of 'That Windows Nag that just won't go away'

a.k.a Clippy 2.0

IWF shares 'hash list' with web giants to flush out child sex abuse images online

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Indian carriers forced to send TXT for every 10 megabyte download

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My first SMS while visiting India was "You can also surf the web here with roaming". The second was "Entertain yourself! Watch a few videos on www.YouTube.com".

Nice try…

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