* Posts by ratfox

3466 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

US! govt! ordered! Yahoo! to! hand! over! user! data! or! pay! $250k! fine! PER! DAY!

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"$90 mil a year seems pretty cheap for the trust of users worldwide." Csoghoian

Well, fuck you. Let's see you pay a third of your income fighting the government in a secret case that nobody would ever know about.

Google swallows SMARTSPOON manufacturer Lift Labs

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Re: Why the hell is Google buying things like this?

There is not even a casual link between an innovative company like Lift Labs and an Internet advertising company like Google

Google has already bought many robotics companies. Why not this one too?

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Keep that consumer browser tat away from our software says Oracle

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Re: But what about the big boy who started the little and often update fad?

I assume they refuse to have anything to do with that.

Thieves… Nasty little thieves, they stole our precious!

Moto 360 wristputer batt boob, elderly internals revealed in teardown

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I guess making an easy to repair watch must be harder than an easy to repair phone.

Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

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Maybe we'll get some clarity on the subject. Though I suspect the Supreme Court will have to get involved.

Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Not convinced by the crown thing

After years of touch screens, using a secondary control method seems a bit off.

Apart from that, looks all right, but I still don't see the killer use for watches.

Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Maybe it allows you to open the garage door…

But does it open the pod bay door?

Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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Looks like you answered your own question already…

HAMR time for Google's MapReduce, says not-so-startup

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Re: "Flowlets, a patent-pending API set."

Yeah, I threw up in my mouth a little bit.

Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

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Re: Robots

Do you volunteer for a one way trip?

Amazon hiring in Australia for 'new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative'

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Easy to guess

Google also test their delivery drones in Oz, because that's about the only place where you can do it legally.

India government: 'net should not be censored

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Well, of course!

No one wants censorship. No one!

If it's a matter of national security, on the other hand, then obviously you are not allowed to post whatever you want. You don't want the terrorists/pedophiles to win, do you, citizen?

Like, say, it is illegal to put on Google maps the position of military bases. But that's not censorship!

Reddit wipes clean leaked celeb nudie pics, tells users to zip it

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Re: I don't geddit.

It's not abuse. They do whatever they want with their website. They make the rules, and can change them whenever they want. There is no way to force a website to host something it does not want. Again, the only way to have a website exactly the way you want is to do it yourself.

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Re: I don't geddit.

In the end, Reddit's rule is probably: We take it off if we want to. Like everywhere else on the web. Except they want it less often.

Definitely, getting hit constantly with high-level threats from FBI and private lawyers will make people consider very carefully their options. It can't have been a very quiet week.

And well, yeah, if you want a website that has rules exactly like you want them, you will probably have to create and maintain it yourself. And, possibly, deal with the legal troubles.

Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Strč prst skrz krk!

I wonder how many people have this as their password…

Judge: Google class action 'usual suspects' cash-fling 'smells'

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Re: Hang on, this is a bit spurious

Agree with this. Claiming Google is violating your privacy by revealing to websites the query you used to find these websites is stretching it a bit.

They might as well sue W3C for inventing the referrer header, which lets websites know – gasp – which other website you are coming from!

In fact, they should sue again Google, along with Mozilla, Microsoft and Apple for distributing browsers that fill the referrer header by default. And now I'm going to stop before I give someone ideas.

Toshiba makes play to replace NFC with own speedy short range tech

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Good luck

If we can believe the rumor mill, Apple is joining the NFC camp, after holding out for years. Getting a new system accepted widely is likely to be super extra hard.

Good luck with Project Wing, Google. This drone moonshot is NEVER going to happen

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Re: Like hundreds of them doing a really, really boring job?

It is probably true that these drones are meant to be self-guided. But if you think Google does not have hundreds of employees somewhere doing a really, really boring job, you are probably wrong.

Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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From what I read, it's not pictures that were just found in a day; some of these had been deleted by their owners long ago. It's a whole archive assembled over the years that just became public. So the hack is not recent.

Apple tells devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers

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Re: What's to criticize with Apple forbidding to sell that information?

What guarantees do you have they won't do it all the same?

Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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Icon for satirical counter-riposte?

How about this one?

Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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Re: why Microsoft thought it would make sense on a desktop

Microsoft had zero developers for its mobile phones. No developers means no apps, means no users, means no developers, etc. Putting TIFKAM on desktop was a way to bootstrap development on mobile, by getting the countless developers for desktop Windows interested.

Women-only town seeks men

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Did Gabriel García Márquez know about this town?

Sounds like one of his novels. Doesn't end well either.

NYC, LA mayors hammer Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger

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This deal would not cause less competition!

…Because they are already not competing. I think that's an argument actually advanced by the two companies.

Boffins attempt to prove the universe is just a hologram

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They're catching on!

Remember the coding marathon to implement the Higgs boson in their universe in time for the opening of the LHC?

Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

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Re: Re: Surprise!!


So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

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Re: Breakthroughs

No innovation on original iPhone.

I also had a smartphone before the iPhone (a Palm). And let me tell you, the UI of the iPhone was heads and shoulders above it. It's easy to forget now that all phones are like that, but there really was nothing comparable at the time.

In particular, I don't think any other phone had swiping and pinch to zoom, which were a game changer for surfing the web using a small screen.

Pedals and wheel in that Google robo-car or it's off the road – Cali DMV

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Re: Driving test?

The reason tests for computers are more strict is that computers cannot be expected to have common sense.

E.g if the whole road has disappeared due to a landslide, the human is expected to stop; no need to test the situation. But you need to check what the computer will do.

True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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There is a special kind of hell…

For people who represent percentages as concentric circles, with the percentage represented by the radius instead of the area.

I understand that the concentric circles are useful to represent a series of consecutively included percentages, but the area is all wrong.

Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

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Should be a good one

Since it's an odd number. Right?

Get ready: The top-bracket young coders of the 2020s will be mostly girls

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Re: No.

I assume his definition of gender equality means that about the same proportion of every gender should prefer to go into coding… Implying the reason for the current imbalance is that society at large is telling girls that women are not good at coding, and they should become nurse/housewife/stripper instead.

And yeah, it's all very fine to give everyone the same opportunity when people laugh at you if you try to take it.

EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'

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Re: Hiding information NOT an impediment to Free Speech? Seriously?

Google is quite happy to ignore freedom of speech when it comes to dealing with China and other dictatorships.

This comment is not accurate anymore… Google has stopped censoring results in China some years ago.

Google to offer special accounts for kids: report

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Not trivial

I understand that implementing the COPA rules can be a bitch to do properly, if you did not prepare for it from the beginning. More so when your business model is based on user information, I dare say…

Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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maybe they should call it…


Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Logic fail

My hope is that he is eventually, after many years, caught; sent to Sweden; trialled; then sentenced to a week of community service. I think the worst punishment for him would be when he realizes that there is in fact no extradition awaiting because nobody cares about him anymore.

Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

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Toe the line. Not tow.

Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

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Good luck

Whac-a-mole comes to mind…

It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Business cards??

Honestly, I fail to see why PGP would have to be backward-compatible with business cards. Surely there's millions of apps that are more practical for exchanging contact information than handing over little pieces of dead trees. If you must, how about printing a QR code of the key on the back of the card?

As to the gripes about email clients, that's the fault of the mail clients, not PGP. It might be that nobody has cracked the proper UI, because let's face it, so few users care…

Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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So the taxi business is overregulated. Regulate it less, then. I don't think it's difficult to find unnecessary rules that were added to protect incumbents.

I don't think it's about the business model in itself. Uber and taxi companies have practically the same one; it's just that Uber is less constrained by regulations. For instance, it hardly seems possible or worth it to be a part-time cabby, due to all the rules they have to satisfy.

Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

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How does this make sense??

So you're a shareholder, and you want the company to pay you… Thus diminishing the value of the company you partly own…

Seems like at best, this is a no-op; and that's without counting lawyer's fees!

We told you jailbreaking your iThing was dangerous

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Re: Hilarious

Yeah, I don't get it either. And yet Google makes money somehow, so people must be indeed clicking. And businesses keep buying ads, so they must be convinced that the people who come to their web site because of an ad really wanted to go there, and did not do a fat finger mistake.

I have never met anybody who clicks on ads, yet they must exist. They are the dark matter of the Internet.

Amazon smacks back at Hachette in e-book pricing battle: We're doing it for the readers

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What is Hachette contributing?

Not that I like Amazon's tactics, but what is Hachette contributing to the authors it is publishing? Is this something that Amazon would be able to provide by themselves?

I'm aware that publishers review books, do some editing and choose artwork, and should be compensated for this, but the vast majority of what they used to do (advancing money to actually print thousands of books and distribute them world wide) can be done vastly more efficiently with e-books.

Is it really justified for them to get as much money as the author?

Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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Re: Why?

I would posit that way over 50% are performing below average. I would however agree that almost exactly 50% are performing below the median.

Google's 'right to be forgotten': One rule for celebs, another for plebs

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Slebs cannot have anything removed. What they do is "public interest." At least, that's what I understood.

Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?

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chicken, egg, etc.

I'm not sure if the effort should be admired or ridiculed. I guess Samsung is really not happy to be dependent on Google.

I wonder why they are going for Russia first. Maybe that is considered an easier big market where Microsoft is not already trying to grab whatever's left after Android and iOs…? I'm not sure it helps finding developers, though.

SHOCK and AWS: The fall of Amazon's deflationary cloud

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Re: Price of iron?

Unless people like Google have found out how to build thousands of powerful servers much more cheaply than experienced manufacturers like IBM. If so, they could indulge in vertical integration and make their own servers instead of buying them.

Unless I'm mistaken, Google (and Facebook, and Amazon, and Microsoft) have been doing that for years. This is not necessarly because they have more knowledge than IBM, but because they have very specific needs, and can take some very specific shortcuts.

One example is that IBM servers, even when built for racks, seem to have graphic cards. I would be extremely surprised if cloud giants bothered with such a thing for machines in their data centres.

French authorities take lead in grilling Google on 'Right to be Forgotten'

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However, the A29WP will not be producing any such guidelines for search engines.

Do they plan to contribute at all to the process of figuring out what is the so-called right to be forgotten? Or do they want Google to keep blundering in the dark until they get sued again, and a new ruling of the ECJ adds one more data point?

ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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@Donn Bly

Sorry, but no. That is incorrect.

If there is a web page mentioning John Smith and Joe Bloggs, and Joe Bloggs asks Google to remove the link from search results for his name, the web page will still show up when searching for John Smith, as it will for any other queries that are relevant, such as "bothering a goat" or such.

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Re: The polluter pays...

The analogy is poor on multiple fronts. On one hand, this is blaming the river for being polluted. On the other hand, what they call "pollution" is what Google thinks people want to read. The reason the links appear in results is because users liked them, and have clicked on them.

By just calling it pollution and blaming it on Google, the ICO are avoiding their job, which would be to define what is pollution in the first place…

But hey, if they want Google to decide what is in the public interest, they only have to say the word. I'm sure Google will be very happy to go back to displaying everything like before the ruling happened.

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