* Posts by ratfox

3466 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Facebook hacks out PHP alternative

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Please let this replace PHP in the long term. There is no way this cannot be an improvement over the original.

Google, Microsoft tackle climate change as IBM seeks cancer cure

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Re: Keeping their priorities straight

Who says they are not also doing these things? IIRC, Google partly owns the biggest solar energy power plant of the world, and has announced a whacky scheme for giving connectivity to the third world using weather balloons.

So. Farewell then Steelie Neelie: You were WORSE than USELESS

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She was amazed at the stupidity of the situation

And she actually did quite a job fixing it. It is largely thanks to her that roaming bills are now capped.

Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: Being serious ..

Is there any chance whatsoever that another person would be allowed to have a representation equal to Her Majesty? I assume this would be considered distasteful…

Byzantine Generals co-boffin Lamport bags CompSci's 'Nobel prize'

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\section{Well done}

This was \emph{completely} deserved!

Previously stable Greenland glaciers now rushing to the sea

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Re: sooo.....

Speak for yourself. I live at a high altitude.

Samsung puts ultrasonic echolocation cover on a smartphone for the blind

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Hey guys, I was just kidding

When I said that phones should warn the user from incoming lampposts, it was a joke!

Brussels' antitrust boss not budging on planned Google competition deal

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It is rare to see such a confrontation between a bureaucrat and politicians. On one hand, the politicians are supposed to make the rules; on the other hand, what's the point of having an expert conduct an investigation for three years, if you're going to dictate him what his decision should be, after listening to the impassioned pleas of the opponents?

Anything that involves Google becomes a political affair these days…

Google encrypts Chinese search requests to subvert Great Firewall

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Complete block of Google's products in China in 3, 2, 1...

Google offers up its own flesh to the world's braying cloud hordes

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Seems like there is actual competition in this domain! Good for the users and all that.

Academic blames US for tech titans' tax dodge

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Re: Indeed

It does apply to corporations; this is why Apple & Co are not bringing the cash they earned overseas back in the United States: because they would need to pay tax on it again, even though they "paid taxes" on it in whichever country they earned it.

Of course, the last part is a bit theoretical, since in fact the profit is mostly declared in fiscal paradises where the tax is zero. But for the sake of the argument, assuming they paid UK taxes on the profit they do in UK, they would still need to pay more taxes on it when bringing the rest of the cash in the US.

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I would claim on the contrary that the US government is far more aggressive in getting tax out of its corporations. I understand it is one of the few countries that taxes the income earned abroad on top of what it got taxed abroad.

Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

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So the one who goes to space will be younger, right?

At least, according to relativity, that's what should happen.

Pakistan's YouTube ban may end after Google removes anti-Muslim vid

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I don't get it

As I understand it, Google has blocked this very video in countries like India where local laws made it illegal. So why not remove it from Pakistan too?

Is it really that Google will not remove it if the government asks, but only if the government actually writes a law to force them?

Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Well I hope it will still be legal to have a cell phone on a stand showing directions on Google maps.

Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

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Re: Thank You Tim Cook!

I like to quibble! You probably mean, "the most valuable". As for size, there are many companies that are bigger, like say Foxconn and their million or so employees.

But... you work in IT... Why aren't we RICH?

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Re: So easy for WhatsApp to lose all its value in a single stroke

Google has taken a step away from an existing standard (XMPP) because it could not support every single feature they wanted to put in Hangouts, which they would like everybody to use. Works on iPhones, on Desktops, etc. Unfortunately, for the moment, everybody is more interested in creating their own little app and inviting everybody to join than to try to interoperate. The one who becomes the default for talking to your friends will win.

We have a five-horse race: Apple with iMessage, who can boast with all its fanboys, but has the disadvantage of being strictly reserved to iThing users, so if you have other friends, you'll need another app anyway. Then Google with Hangouts, which comes with most Androids, and has also the advantage that all people with a Gmail account are signed in already, even if they don't know. Now Facebook with Whatsapp, who can integrate it and push it to all the Facebook users. There's also Wechat, which is everywhere in China, and that's a lot of people. And Viber ("They're big in Japan"). Oh, yeah, BBM; and Microsoft probably has something but few people care.

Battling with Blizzard's new WoW expansion and Diablo revamp

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Re: They exist because ....

A week and a half to level 90? That's fast indeed 0_o

On the first version, I think I reached level 60 after 12 days in game. And the record at the time was like 6 days in game.

Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

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"the only vessel in the world allowing […] long-term missions of the open sea and the abyss"

How about using a freaking boat?

I mean, yeah, the design looks cool, but it's hardly the first time humanity has tried to make an object float in the water…

Europe: Apple. Google. Yes, you. Get in here. It's about these in-app bills

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I understand this was especially a problem when iOS would "remember" your password for a while after using the App Store, and if you passed the phone to your kids during that time, they would be able to rack up in-app purchases. Though my impression was that this had been fixed.

If parents give to kids the password to the App Store account, then I would say they are at fault… Then again, many people have no clue that in-app purchases exist, so they simply don't know.

Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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Re: Seems like I'm alone here

I like it too! But I think art enthusiasts would deny that this is Modern Art. Far too conservative.

Mix-and-match mobiles: Google unveils Project Ara dev conference

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I don't see this idea going anywhere

As a geek, the idea of being able to build a cell phone like Lego is very nice... But I really doubt you can sell the idea to the general public. It's already fairly rare to see normal Joes upgrading their computer, rather than just buying a new one.

Of course, there are people who play with Raspberry Pis, so maybe I'm too negative.

Apple throws sueball at China's patent office over Siri clone

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Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind

"the differences should stand out on their own merit"

That would assume that a Chinese court is going to rule fairly between a Chinese company and an American company. Why would they?

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Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind

To which I reply: Bull. Not only do I severely doubt there is more than a cursory similarity between the two systems, but also this type of technology should not be patentable.

And I don't change my opinion depending on whether I like the company in question or not.

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The term Quixotic comes to mind

I wonder if they hope to have China telecoms get on their side... Without some Chinese help, I don't see how they can get rid of this one.

Then again, this might be just to earn time. The idea of having to stop selling iPhones must be driving them nuts. Or to pay the troll.

Now that I come to think of it, I wonder how much the troll is asking. What's the limit, when you are against Apple, and a rigged system on your side?

Dropbox erects sueball shield with new T&C and privacy legalese

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Law is a mystery to me

For instance, I never understood how it is possible to put in a contract a clause banning class actions. I would have thought that it was not possible to stop your customers from using the full power of the legal system against you… Otherwise, what's the point of a legal system?

It's a wonder they don't simply say "you agree not to sue us, ever".

Update your Mac NOW: Apple fixes OS X 'goto fail' SSL spying vuln

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re:other browser

There was no issue with iPads and iPhones, since they got fixed first. And Chrome and Firefox on Mac OS X use their own library, so they were safe.

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Re: This is funny

Well there is the fact that internal documents of the NSA reveal they found a way to get any information they wanted from iPhones about a month after this bug was introduced. If the NSA had been monitoring changes in the published code (which would be the logical thing to do for them, considering this is a security library for a large target), it is quite likely they found the bug right away and have used it ever since.

Of course, "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear"... Right?

'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

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Re: Wow

Unless you remove the mouse cursor from the video, the play controls cover the interesting part. Maybe this is why you did not see anything interesting. I watched the whole video twice before figuring it out.

Nokia launches Euro ANDROID invasion, quips: 'Microsoft knew what they were buying'

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It looks like Europe is part of the poor countries emerging markets growth markets after all…

Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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Re: Heh

^ Arguably, this is better than simply not knowing that Nokia exists. And don't forget that the X is not going to compete with Samsungs or iPhones, but with brands you have never even heard of, because they simply don't try to sell their crap products in rich countries.

Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Good points

It's starting to be hard to add bells and whistles that are "must haves". And so, battery life and familiarity become the important part. The good news for alternate systems like Blackberry (how the world has changed) is that they can catch up to iPhones and Androids simply because there isn't much more that can be added to smartphones. Or at least, anything that users are actually interested in.

Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

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Re: The obvious flaw is someone in a changing room

Indeed. It seems like someone didn't get that the entire point of shopping is to try clothes in a changing room.

Believing that the point of shopping is to buy something is like believing that reinstalling a different Linux distro for the nth time is to actually have the computer working better, as opposed to simply mucking about for the fun of it.

Let's say, I'll try the coat with the big red buttons… And the small black one… And the one which really does not fit my style, but I want to see how I look inside… And this one just to check if the size is right… And… And…

Apple to beef up its North Carolina megadatacenter – again

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What's wrong with building bigger and planning for future needs? It's not like Apple lacks the cash to do that… And in general, they do plan for the future.

Project Tango: Google's all-ringing, all-dancing 3D-sensing smartphone

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A phone that can warn me of incoming lamp posts!

Winklevoss twins flash their Winkdex at Bitcoin price-trackers

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Nudge nudge, wink wink

…say no more!

MEPs demand answers from EU antitrust chief about planned Google search biz deal

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Curious to see how it will go

Ramon Tremosa has urged Almunia in the past to promptly send a Statement of Objections to Google, so it's pretty much clear how he thinks this should go. On the other hand, Almunia is visibly quite convinced that this solution is just fine.

I'm not sure how much pressure Tremosa can apply on Almunia to change his mind. Technically, I guess that politics should not enter in such a debate, but considering the importance of Google, it's pretty inevitable…

Need a popcorn icon, so beer will have to do.

Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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They have expanded the 3D maps too

Now most big cities are covered. I can waste a frightening amount of time flying around London.

Google's paid link settlement plan will lead to fresh wave of abuses, claims Euro rival

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Re: But the move has stirred up criticism among high-ranking EC officials

It's a better legacy than working four years on a solution you touted as better and more efficient than litigation, just to end up saying "Sorry, we do need ten years of litigation in the end; I have wasted four years without anything to show up for it."

Reports pump fuel into iCar gossip: Apple in 'talks' with Tesla

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I assume he means that the advantage of hydrogen is filling up is way faster than recharging a battery; and that the loss of energy efficiency is too small to be considered in regards of this advantage.

Google slurps sound-powered security upstart SlickLogin

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Voice based authentication

Or "how to make it impossible to log in while having a cold"

Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

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I remember seeing a presentation from an expert explaining how the Wii was the on the "next gaming curve" while the Xbox and Playstation were on the "previous gaming curve".

And now it seems like the Wii was just a one-off niche product… Goes to show that only hindsight is 20/20.

Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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How is this "Android" lock-in?

Google puts constraints on phones that use the Google Play app store, and have Google apps like Google Maps or YouTube. Android has nothing to do with it. Amazon distributes Android phones with a different app store, and they can do whatever they want.

Call it Google Play lock-in, or Google Apps lock-in, but this is not Android lock-in.

Apple pushes back release date for 'dustbin chic' Mac Pro

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"The Mac Pro starts at about £2,500, but can be upgraded up until it costs more than £7,000."

...good to know it can be expensive enough, then?

It's a scientific fact: Online comment trolls are sadists

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Love it

You all nerds living in your mom's basement keep trying to find reasons to feel good about the fact you never can win an argument on the web!

DARPA wants to out-Google-Google

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They're doing it for the children!

That's all right then, right? …Right?

Apple investor Icahn backs down on share buyback plan

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Tim Cook does not, in fact, have $145 billion in cash

Most of that cash is overseas… And so, to buy more, Apple would either have to pay US taxes on that money (when pigs fly), or borrow money (through bonds).

iPhone maker Foxconn to pump $1bn into new Indonesian factory

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Spend $40M in the US; spend $1B in Indonesia.

…I'm glad that they are serious about expanding in the US.

NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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Re: Coming soon, privacy masks

Depending on the country, that's already forbidden. E.g in France, it has the amusing and completely unintended effect of banning Muslim-type face veils.

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