* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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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Paris Hilton

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

Facebook: Your code sucks, and we don't even have to run it to tell

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Re: I hope they ran the tool on itself.

Nice try, human.

Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

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There are big advantages for a security camera to be web-enabled. It makes it a lot easier to check your home while on a trip.

INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Re: Why IoT

For that matter, a "you need sunscreen" tattoo would also work.

ISS 'nauts quit orbiter and aim for Kazakhstan splashdown

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Re: Splashdown!

I was surprised by this. I'd have thought that splashdowns would be safer and easier to manage. That's what they did for the Apollo missions. When did that change?

Google shares optical layer SDN with its friends

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It means Software Defined Networking

And it is to networking what virtualization is to servers. Apparently.

Adobe to hire security auditor to prevent repeat of password SNAFU

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> Adobe

> Security Audit

Mmmpf… pffrft… BWAAA HAA HAA HAAA

Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

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Re: El Capitan?

I find rather weird their idea of naming their releases about something that 99% of the world has never heard of. The big cats were infinitely better.

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The thing about Apple's 'one MORE thing'? It's a streaming music thing

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Version for Android coming up?

Wow. That's not the Apple I know.

So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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The proper expression is

A bear of very little brain.

FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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Die Gedanken sind frei

Once again, I note that the FBI/CIA/NSA has not demanded mandatory, regular brain scans in order to read our every thought, and check we have no terrorist intent.

And I ask, is the reason they haven't done so that they do not think they should have such an access to our thoughts, or is it merely that the technology does not exist – yet?

Lonely Pirate cheers on Big Copyright-bashing EU commissars

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Clap clap

Go Vestager!

Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

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Re: Its the parents

Walking home? You get arrested if you let your kids walk home, nowadays.

WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

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Under the terms leaked so far, transnational corporations would have the right to sue governments for loss of earnings if they pass laws that hurt their profits

I really cannot comprehend how anybody claiming to work for a government can have thought this was a good idea.

"Oh hey, you've discovered that our new drug was causing cancer, so now you're trying to ban it; but that would make us lose money, so you'll just have to reimburse us then."


Swordfish fatally stabs man after man stabs, fatally, swordfish

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Cool title

It's not a palindrome, is it? One of these things.

Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: I'm confused

Nonsense. How could Jesus Christ have been born in 6 BC, that is in year 6 Before Christ??

New kid on the blocks: Lego Worlds game challenges Minecraft

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Gonna have to stay away from it

Self-preservation instincts are kicking in, and reminding me that food and sleep are important.

OK Google, how much of my life do you observe and disturb?

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Re: Google hater article?

So how do they use my WiFi passwords for ads?

Unless I missed an episode, Google knows nothing about your WiFi passwords. You might be confusing with the StreetView WiFi slurp, which consisted in Google recording transmissions from unprotected WiFi (i.e. without password).

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Re: Gmail is the only Google service

I don't think that protects you much. Unless you reject all cookies from Google, and possibly unless you use some kind of anonymising service to change your IP, Google will still have a profile on you.

The only difference is that instead of being about user xyz@gmail.com, it will be about "the user with ID cookie 12345", or possibly about "the user from IP address 123.456.789"

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Thanks for this article

Thanks to you, I was able to search for articles on other web sites which actually describe what this new privacy tool does.

The Tech Crunch article was quite informative. Unlike this one.

The time on Microsoft Azure will be: Different by a second, everywhere

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There's 15 minutes difference between Nepal time and India time

Also, is there any difference at all between the way Amazon and Google handle the leap second? The descriptions look pretty much the same to me.

And then the Google lad says: Of course you can use Android Wear without a smartphone

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Re: Smartwatch 3

I don't think the Android Wear smartwatches are ever meant to store music. Or even to play music for that matter. There's too much of a race to make them small and long-lasting for the required battery or memory.

Android M's Now on Tap cyber-secretary is like Clippy on Class A drugs

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Re: Android M will also include much finer user controls as to what apps can access

Isn't there a simple (for the users) way to ensure that no app would have undesirable side effects?

It's more tricky than it looks. Say, any game involving other players, like Clash of Clans, will ask to address your address book and access the internet. That can already cause a lot of mischief.

In the end, it really depends more on whether you trust the maker of the app, than what the app demands.

The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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On a larger scale it's been repeatedly established in recent surveys that most people don't agree with the idea that climate change is mainly caused by human activities.

Because a population-wide survey is the proper way to know whether something is correct, as opposed to doing a scientific study, right? …Right?

I mean, I also harbour doubts on the question, but that's because I doubt the quality of scientific studies done so far, not because the majority of the population thinks this way or the other.

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