* Posts by ratfox

3439 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Foxconn to hire a million Indian staff in major base shift

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No they won't. There's Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal....

Analyst predict that if the trend continues, by 2025, the world's poorest man, Ahmed Khalili of Afghanistan, will be doing 83% of the globe's work.

Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

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"That password has already been used by ${USERID}. Do you want to log in as ${USERID} instead, or do you want to pick another password?"

Oh, I'd love that one to be implemented by my bank.

What has also happened to me at least twice is that after forgetting and resetting my password, I study the weird rules for creating a new one, craft a brand new password, only to get an error message saying I'm not allowed to re-use the old password.

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I don't like the idea of password managers, because it means I would likely forget even passwords which I use all the time. Then it would be a real problem whenever I need to use a device on which I can't use the password manager (my wife's phone, machines with install constraints, etc.) I'm not too comfortable having a lot of important data stored in a single place either; seems risky.

But maybe I'm just too lazy to try.

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I do hate it when websites I really don't care about force me to use a complex password, often with weird rules such as "at least one special character not in ,.*$-+". This forces me to create a new password unique to this site, which I'm guaranteed not to remember six months later when I first need it again. If you have to ask such a password, make sure your recovery options work well.

Google makes new hires ONE pay offer. 'Negotiation'? What's that?

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I may be standard in pretty much every contract, but it might not be enforceable. It is in fact generally illegal in the US to forbid your employees from discussing their compensation with each other. California, where Google and so many others are based, has made such discussions a protected activity.

Of course, many employers simply don't know the law, or might chose to ignore it. Employees fired for it have been known to sue and get nicely compensated.

Dodgy mobe dealer jumps on VAT carousel, gets 13-year ban

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No jail?

The punishment for fraud is that you're not allowed to do it again??

EU squashes bogus copyright scare as red-faced Guardian slaps down Wiki's Wales

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Wikipedia could be enriched greatly if it licensed images. It's a publisher that sits on a cash pile of tens of millions of dollars, raising almost $20m in its December fund-raising drive alone. That could pay a lot of photographers, and license a lot of images.

Seriously? The issue is that Wikipedia only uses pictures in the public domain, and refuses to license pictures under copyright? Are you suggesting they should do that to support the UK creative industry out of charity?

I don't see that there's any reason to pay for something when almost the same is available for free. The fact that Wikipedia has in fact money to pay is irrelevant. There are other encyclopedia whose articles are written by paid writers, and that presumably contain licensed pictures. Everybody is free to use (and pay for) them.

But if you ask anyone in commercial photography what ails the UK creative industry, Wikipedia soon comes up in conversation

[citation needed]. How is it that Wikipedia is responsible for the fact that everybody now carries a camera in their pockets, and that millions of amateurs are happy to have their pictures show up for free in Google Images? That I remember, Getty has complained about Google, not Wikipedia.

China wants to build a 200km-long undersea tunnel to America

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Why not a gravitube?

It's the same length, basically

Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten,

sie fliegen vorbei wie nächtliche Schatten.

Kein Mensch kann sie wissen, kein Jäger erschießen

mit Pulver und Blei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

…for how long?

Microsoft rains cash on OpenBSD Foundation, becomes top 2015 donor

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I'm surprised by how small the sums are… but at least, I don't think we need to worry about them really being in trouble. If ever they don't reach their goal, this is the kind of expenses that a company like say Google would cover without a second thought using the change found under the sofa cushions.

Nice that there are organizations that can function on a tight budget!

Furor rages over ICANN and Facebook's bid to publish home addresses of website owners

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Re: So will facebook.com show Mark Zuckerberg's home address?

I don't think his address is a secret. There were quite a few article mentioning it on this very web site.

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Why Facebook?

What has Facebook to win from such a rule??

US senate committee wants Twitter, Facebook to report 'terrorist' posts

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Re: Another idiotic law

I suspect there's a big difference between the way Facebook monitors user posts (try to find which ad the user would like to see), and the way this new law wants them to do it (actively search for terrorists).

Behold the mighty Swiss SPACE JUNK NOSHER PODULE

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Re: You need...

"Video used explicitly for math instruction."

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"A 10cm3 satelliting box"… "a 10cm by 10cm object"… "SwissCube"

If it's a cube with 10 centimetres-long edges, then it's volume is 1000cm3.

Which is about 1.7362 Bulgarian airbags.

Microsoft to HIKE Azure prices as exchange rates shift

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Looks like Microsoft thinks the quality of its offering is good enough to keep its customers. They've been wrong about that before, too.

North America down to its last ~130,000 IPv4 addresses

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Why the [sic] in the second paragraph?

I can't see anything wrong about that sentence.

German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Must have been an interesting sight

The face of the police searching for Nazi art and finding a Nazi tank.

Silly Google's Photos app labelled black people as gorillas

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It is not half baked. It probably works as it should in 99.9999% of the time. however, when you have hundreds of millions of users, that still means hundreds of cases that are wrong.

It's like saying Google Maps is half baked because there is a street that is missing in your town. It's still damn useful.

Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

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Bound to happen

When you create a service that is against current regulations, hoping that the popularity of the service will force the government to change the law, you risk something like that happening…

Cunning goldfish avoided predator in tank for seven years

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When it first entered the aquarium it would have needed to escape through a pipe with a diameter of 1cm to enter into the filtration system.

They've found Nemo!

Apple workforce touch up iPhones with Force Touch tech – report

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Re: Uh oh - Microsoft ahead..

Indeed. No matter how simple the current UI is, I have already had senior citizens complaining that their iPad was to complicated. For sure, people who had an iPhone from the beginning can cope; but it's a dangerous slope to assume that everybody understand the current UI, and so it's fine to make it more complicated.

Not that Apple would be the only ones to fall in that way of thinking…

Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

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From what I understand, Google received hundreds of thousands of such requests. And they were requested by the legal system to answer them, without just floating them on the regulators. And now the complaint is that among all these cases, there were some that were answered poorly?

I'm personally grateful that Google informs websites of removals (despite the complaints of some regulators). This at least ensures that the worst mistakes can be set right, and that results are really only forgotten if nobody cares about them.

Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Why can't we have both?

I feel there's nothing wrong with preparing 5G and roll out 4G everywhere.

Google takes latest self-driving buggies to the streets

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Re: 25 MPH?

From what I understand, 25 MPH is a speed that few Silicon Valley residents hope to reach during their commute!

Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

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I have to say I find the reaction rather weird. That flag has been honoured in part of the US for a century, and suddenly it's so hot that everybody's falling upon themselves to stop selling it. I understand that for a lot of people in the South, it stood for freedom and the Dukes of Hazzard, and now suddenly they have to throw it away or hide it in shame. A bit as if Germany had gone from 1939 to 1945 in a couple of days.

D-Wave promises chip that could search the whole universe

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Re: Lets see it working then

Actually, quantum computers are not known to be able to solve NP-Complete problems (e.g travelling salesman) in polynomial time. There is a small number of problems for which the only known polynomial-time algorithms are for quantum computers; but these problems are not NP-Complete.

We need to know about the Internet of Things, say US Senators

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The meatsacks suspect something.

Docker and Microsoft unite Windows and Linux in the cloud

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Since the beginning of May, he said, the Number One contributor to the open source Docker code base has been Microsoft.

From another article today:

As a leading contributor to both the Docker and Kubernetes open source projects, Red Hat is not just adopting these technologies but actively building them upstream in the community

Ok. Who's LYING?

Ex-Microsoft chief rolls elastic-SQL challenge to Amazon Redshift

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I can agree that relational databases are cool, and that they can do a lot of great stuff. But I'm frankly embarrassed that SQL is still the standard way to communicate with these databases. When you think of it, it's a language looking most like Cobol, with a rather peculiar syntax which bears no relationship to the logic of operations executed, and which we use by concatenating strings in far more advanced systems.

Microsoft releases free Office apps for half of all Android phones

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Well, well…

Microsoft is slowly changing. Who'd have thought to see this ten years ago?

Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Re: Limited

10.The Dude - The Big Lebowski

Never heard of him.

Well what are you waiting for then??

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…instead of the Americans. Who would then be able to study it until they figured out how to use it without face-melting.

You haven't seen the movie, right?\

Top. Men.

WikiLeaks spaffs files showing NSA spied on French presidents

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But… but… these leaks are terribly endangering the world's ability to fight terrorism!

Larry Ellison: Oracle's going to WAR against Amazon cloud prices

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Join the club

That I understand, Amazon, Google and Microsoft have been fighting hard on this already.

Oracle fighting on price is going to be fun to watch.

Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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Good to know

Nice that children will be protected from downloading smut stories. After the government managed to ensure they wouldn't be able find porn from the web, that was the last threat to their young and impressionable minds.

I mean, it's obvious that porn web sites are not letting anybody download porn until after 10, right?


Pluto plastered in what looks like 1970s orange wallpaper – proof

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See title

Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Re: fathers making more than non-fathers

Must be a father who didn't get anything for fathers' day…

Police robot duo storm Colorado house, end four-day siege

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Dad (Myron Powell) is not going to be too happy when he sees what we had to do tonight, but you can replace windows and doors; you can’t replace people

Amen. That's a lot better than the policemen who were called because a man was suicidal, went in with assault rifles, and upon finding him with a knife in his hands, took the perfectly logical step of gunning him down:


Client-attorney privilege up for grabs in Google fishing trip

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Pot, kettle, black

The funny thing is that Google complained in the first place that Hood's subpoena was an overly broad fishing expedition. This looks like they want payback.

I'm reminded of the apparently standard tactics by US Attorneys to pile on heavy charges against defendants in the hope of getting a plea bargain; the kind of tactics which led to the suicide of Aaron Swartz. Maybe it's just going to be the American way of law to make outrageous statements and demands to get the other party to back down?

Oh, and now I'm thinking of the cops who grab your money by claiming it's for buying drugs, and you have to prove it's not if you want to get it back.

And that brings me to the hospitals who charge uninsured people $10'000 for trivial procedures, on the idea that it's better to ask for an arm and a leg, even if you only get the leg in the end.

My apologies to the US citizens present on this forum, but I'm glad to have left the country.

'Oracle, why are your sales f-' CLOUD CLOUD CLOUD, blasts Larry

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Don't worry

Their legal department will soon be profitable…

Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

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Re: Lessons for techies: the law is like duck typing, not static typing

Thanks for the duck typing explanation, I'm going to use it a lot in my discussions with literal-minded engineers.

That, and the appropriate XKCD.

BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

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Woo hoo!

I'm sure there are plenty more douchebags at Microsoft, but this goes in the right direction!

Google to shell out up to $58k for new Nexus epic pwnage

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Re: Almost 40 percent of users run the outdated Android KitKat platform

I understand Google has constantly been fighting the operators on various subjects, from having a messaging app that makes SMS redundant, to including NFC payment not tied to the operator chip.

Operators probably consider that withholding updates is a good way to force users to buy new phone and tie themselves in long term contracts. It's going to be a long, hard slog to get over that.

Indeed, the fact that Apple managed to wrestle full control of the phones from the operators is a testament to the negotiation skills of Steve Jobs. And also, how revolutionary the iPhone was when it got out.

Google on Google: The carefully collated anti-trust truth

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On the other hand, the FoundEm presentation admits clearly that it chooses the incumbents that showed a dip in traffic, and dismisses those that do not as statistical anomalies. I guess they're honest about it at least.

I note also that FoundEm did not include their own numbers anywhere on the graph. I suppose that's because the "much-lauded price comparison site" was never successful enough to register at all…

Ready to go again, soldier? Final Fantasy VII remake revealed

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I might be wrong, but I believe that FF7 was the first 3D game to have such a "huge" success…

Bing to encrypt search traffic by default

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Forrester says the move follows Cupertino's 2014 decision to allow users to opt-in to HTTPS for web searches.

Hm. I didn't know Microsoft let Apple take such decisions for them.

Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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What are the advantages of Oculus Rift?

Compared to the various ways you can strap a cell phone on your face?

Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Windows RT users – both of you

Thanks for this

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