* Posts by ratfox

3442 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Yahoo! and! Microsoft! have! long! way! to! go! in! account! hijack! fight!

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WTF?

It took me a while to realize, but…

Do you often refer to yourself in the third person?

Unwearable tech: Five ways IT garb's gone HORRIBLY WRONG

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Happy

OMG it never worked before, why still try?

I for one find the Google Glass less obtrusive than many designer glasses.

Then again, I'm the type of guy who has always despised people who wear sunglasses after sundown, so I guess it's a matter of taste.

RIAA: Google failing on anti-piracy push

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Devil

Yeah right

Seriously, what are the chances of RIAA being happy about Google? ZERO.

Ultimately, the RIAA is unhappy about the Internet, all of it. It's not like Google is the only search engine; just the most popular one…

Google given more time to prove to Brussels it's NOT 'abusive' in search

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Brinkmanship

Looks to me like both sides are bargaining hard for the best they can get. I think Google would do well to remember that in the end Almunia is basically calling the shots. They make him happy, or they are in a world of pain.

I'm guessing that Google really does not want this to get serious, so they'd better make him happy.

Google stokes hype machine over Project Glass robospecs

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Re: "No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times"

Huuh… Not sure what your objection is. Ideally, if Glass shows you the image of an object, there should be no difference at all between the rays of light coming from Glass, and the rays of light coming from a real object say 10 meters away. If you have good eyesight you can see both without trouble.

Now if you have bad eyesight, you have prescription glasses that transform the rays of light coming from any real object 10 meters away so that your eyes can see the object properly. Rays of light coming from Glass should be transformed in exactly the same way, and allow your eye to see properly what Glass is displaying.

Now, there might be a problem if your eyesight is so bad that you cannot see an object 10 meters away even with prescription glasses. You would need to have a special Glass which mimics the rays of light coming from a closer object that you can normally see, maybe 50 centimeters away; but this would probably be very expensive because that would need custom optics inside the Glass instead of the mass-produced ones which mimic objects 10 meters away.

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Re: "No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times"

You are missing something: Even people who do not wear glasses cannot focus on something half an inch from their face. The optics inside Glass probably display everything to your eye as if it was a few meters away, so if you can see clearly a few meters away while wearing glasses, you should be fine wearing Glass over your glasses.

We've slashed account hijackings by 99.7% - Google

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It's a Y axis

I'm curious, what makes you think that "the majority of successful hijacks are probably pulled off by shady state-sponsored types" rather than spammers? Because you hear more about it in the news?

According to my research, only rich people get married and have children. You never hear of these things happening to poor people in the news.

Microsoft, EMC, NetApp support Oracle against Google

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WTF?

Huh??

I love Terry Pratchett very much, but… Saying that the Harry Potter series is heavily based on his work is so much of a stretch that you must be very nimble to attempt it. In fact, apart from the fact that magic exists in both worlds, and some very common fantasy elements like "they both contain dragons and trolls at some point or other", I have trouble seeing any kind of resemblance between the two. Or are you talking about the Johnny Maxwell series? "A teenager has strange adventures with his friends" is the only common link I can see, and that's not much either…

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Joke

"they also use open source software from time to time."

And some of their best friends are Jews, right?

You can help fix patent laws … now!

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Megaphone

How about this for novelty?

All patents are kept secret for one year. If at anytime during that year, somebody else comes up with the same idea/concept, the patent is invalidated as being not novel enough.

When you think about it, the fact that two or more companies would be racing to patent a concept should automatically disqualify the concept from being patented. Patents are meant to reward the inventor who brings something to society. If many inventors come up with the same idea at the same time, then society would have benefited even if any of these guys had decided to go back to bed instead. At the most, the patent should be shared between the multiple inventors, certainly not awarded to the one with the fastest legs.

Google misses privacy-policy deadline, incurs EU wrath

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Facepalm

Disappointed

I would have thought that Google would pay more attention to their complaints, instead of apparently not answering. It does not even seem that prohibitive to do as they asked, if they really only asked for opt-out (which in the overwhelming majority users will not do).

Own a drone: Fine. But fly a drone with a cam: Year in the clink

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FAIL

People are crazy

Seriously, you want a new law just to stop the maybe two guys in the whole state who would be willing to go to all that trouble, when there is an internet full of porn available?

Anyway, isn't it already illegal to peep on people? Why bother with a new law, which will stop people from taking some completely innocent but very cool movies?

This is very much like banning all phone cameras because there are people who will use them to take underskirt pictures in the subway. Let's ban zoom lenses, too.

Wikipedia's Gibraltar 'moratorium' - how's it going?

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Meh

Farcical

Whether Gibraltar is promoted or not is not that important, but they might want to check if there is a hole in the way decisions are made which could be used to game the system in more important places…

Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

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Trollface

Probably means nobody would want to see it

Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

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FAIL

Yeah, good luck

I honestly can't think this is anything else than a publicity stunt. W\ithout even talking about the common sense point of view, there are a few large companies with a legal budget two orders of magnitudes bigger than Veber who are going to get involved pretty fast.

Satanic Renault takes hapless French bloke on 200km/h joyride

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WTF?

"he drove the car off the road when it ran out of petrol."

…Wait, what? The damn car finally runs out of petrol, and he that's when he decides to drive the car off the road? This contradicts the info that he had a full tank of gas. Half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses.

Regarding the whole story, I'll misquote Thomas Jefferson and state that I would sooner believe that a French guy would lie than that a car would keep accelerating no matter what the driver did. Brakes, gearbox, ignition keys… There is an awful lot of things that would need to go wrong in exactly the right way for this to happen.

iOS 6.x hack allows personal data export, free calls

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Just tested it on my phone: You get access to the phone app

You can dial new numbers, listen to voicemails, see the contacts and the history.

Interestingly, if a contact has a homepage defined, you can normally tap on it and open the browser; but that did not work while using this trick. I assume that you are in a special mode where the phone app works so that you can make emergency phone calls, but nothing else does…

A word of caution: I tried making a phone call, but the results were strange. There was no way to hang up, because the normal buttons would not show up, even after I stopped holding the sleep button. It took me a while to bring it back to a normal state.

IDC: Android, iOS now own 91.1% of global smartphone sales

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What if Android did not exist…?

I find myself wondering. Android is a very good choice for most manufacturers; they get an OS for free, with a large ecosystem of apps (yeah, yeah, some fragmentation). What would have happened if Android did not exist? Would Symbian be the standard? Would RIM still have 30% market share? Would Microsoft stand a chance? Or maybe Samsung would rule the same way it does now, but with Bada…?

I have to say that as a user, I am still thankful for Android. Even if there is less choice of OS, compatibility is king. I prefer to have a few large dominant OSes than a smattering of incompatible systems. (Typed on iPhone)

British, Belgian boffins battle buffering bandwidth bogeyman

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Pint

Did not read the article

But epic title is epic!

Official: America now a nation of broadband whingers

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WTF?

Huh?

What has Google got to do with this? Why would it want a monopoly in broadband??

Opera joins Google/Apple in-crowd with shift to WebKit and Chromium

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Pint

In before Opera aficionado laments the loss of the one true rendering engine

Though I have to agree with the decision.

Pour one for Presto...

Vertu-alised Android revealed at an all-too-real €7,900

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Angel

"can survive a strike from a 110-gram ball bearing"

There must be something missing in this sentence. I'm pretty sure that most phones will survive having a 110-gram ball bearing dropped on them.

Amazon cloud spin-off 'inevitable,' says Oppenheimer

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Stop

Yeah right

Like Microsoft ended spinning-off its OS, because they could not possibly produce an OS and at the same time compete with their Office suite against other business suites running on that OS.

Bezos certainly knows what he's doing; and I doubt he needs advice from Openheimer.

Curiosity raises mighty robotic fist, punches hole in Mars

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Re: "The shallow indentation on the right was part of its preparations, NASA says."

Then again, a penetration that is only 1.6cm wide and 6.4cm deep is really nothing to write home about… I hope everyone here has seen better!

AT LEAST two-thirds mobile traffic will be video by 2017 - Cisco report

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Joke

Video production is going to hit a wall

The day that every single cat in the world is filmed 24/7

The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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Wait

You mean other people actually notice the clothes that I'm wearing?

Google Drives into web hosting

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WTF?

Seriously?

Companies block access to Google Drive? What is so objectionable about Google Drive that they would block their employees from accessing it??

China is world's most malware-ridden nation

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Virii?

What's Latin for malware? Come on, come on!

Virus.

Goes like?

Annus

Plural is?

Anni.

Viri. Understand? Now write it out a hundred times.

When open-source eats itself, we win

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Google??

2% Google, does that mean that Google have a special web server for their web servers, and that their web servers are 2% of the market, or does Google actually distribute a web server for other people to use?

Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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Re: Here's a fun question for you

Damn, forgot that 43+2=45. 117 = 3 x 3 x 13 it is, then.

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Re: Here's a fun question for you

Golbach's Conjecture is only for even numbers.

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Boffin

Re: Here's a fun question for you

I say 45 = 3 x 3 x 5.

It cannot be a power of a prime, and I take this to mean it cannot be a prime itself. Power by one is a power.

It cannot be the product of two primes, so it must be the product of three primes at least.

It cannot be the sum of two primes, so it is not even, because every even number small enough to be tested is the sum of two primes. See Goldbach Conjecture.

So I choose the smallest possible three primes, none of them 2, not all of them equal, which are 3, 3 and 5.

I am excluding zero and negative integers on grounds of not being interesting.

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Re: Why are we paying for this research?

^ This is a bit like saying that the safety of nuclear reactor is crucial, and it was therefore prudent to spend a billion on building the LHC to discover the Higgs boson.

The correct answer is: Because this is fun!

Schmidt slams China as world's most prolific hacker

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Trollface

"illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play"

Ha ha ha ha ha… Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder:

WAAA HAA HA HA HA HA HA… /Bender

Samsung's squillionaire supremo scuttles siblings' shares snatch

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Meh

I wonder if power struggles in North Korea are this bloody

Reading the article, you would think this guy is the king of South Korea.

Senators propose permanent ban on internet sales and access tax

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I don't get it

So would the laws in California and New-York keep existing, or would they be made illegal by the change?

Car dashboards get Nokia HERE without a phone in sight

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Devil

Peer review the next big thing

I have very very little confidence in these reviews. They already suffer of massive spamming, and you are left to wonder what to trust. And reviews from my friends are even worse, because my friends have a shitty taste.

Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

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Re: Windows 8

Lack of apps.

The reason they shoehorned the TIFKAM into desktops is that they hope to attract more developers for it. The developers would not bother for their current market share on mobile, and the market share will not improve unless developers write apps. It's a chicken and egg problem, and they are trying to solve it by having their cash cow lay the egg. Er… Yes.

Official: Fandroids are smarter/tighter* than iPhone fanbois

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Re: Why are American prices so much higher?

Both, I think. Also, less regulated. Confusion is a form of art when it comes to phone bills in the US; the better to advertise "$50 a month plans" which swell to $90 plans when all fees and taxes are added.

Then again, Americans are used to pay $20 for a $15 item on the menu, unlike Europeans who for some reason expect the price to be exactly as indicated.

Report: DDoS attacks now MORE ANGRY, complex and targeted

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Happy

I like this new conjugation

"The vast majority […] reported they had been hot by attacks during the study period."

So much better than the bland version. I hit, I hat, I have hot.

Muslim vid protest hackers turn web-flood hosepipe away from US banks

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Angel

I would assume the reason they did not DDOS YouTube…

Is that they don't have enough resources for it. Considering the onslaught of viewers all over the globe looking for cat videos, it must be hard to make a dent.

Amazon: We have great cash flow - it flows straight out of our hands

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"It is not clear how long the investment phase will continue..."

I don't think they plan on stopping investing before they have a majority market share in every country…

Apple, Google tumble off top 20 trusted companies list

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WTF?

People trust eBay?

Who would've thunk?

Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

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Devil

Need an Admiral Ackbar icon

I am reminded of the story about Nigerian scams automatically discovering the gullible, because they are the only one who bite in the first place.…

Google fills in the blanks on North Korea map data

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Joke

So where's the street view??

Lame.

Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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Coat

Never mind the nuke angle, there are more important questions:

How are their space-faring people going to be called??

As everyone knows, Russians are called cosmonauts, Americans are called astronauts, French are called spationauts, and Chinese are called taikonauts. Now we need a word for the Iranians.

Google offers $3.14159 MILLION in prizes for hacking Chrome OS

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Re: Perhaps 'slightly' OT but Chrome Browser

It's good advertising, pure and simple.

Implicitly, they are saying that Microsoft would never dare do that kind of contest with their software...

Google reveals TAPE-TASTIC data centre in saucy vid

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Happy

Oooooh

All… these… blinking… LEDs… SHINY!!1! ♡

< Need a heart icon

EDIT: By the way, the "new video" was apparently posted 3 months ago.

Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US

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I never understood how this can be legal

Currently, you can get an iPhone 4 for free (well, $1), if you take it with a two-years plan of $60 per month — That is $1440 in total. The phone itself costs about a third of that price. Each month, $40 of what you pay for the plan pays for the actual service, and $20 pays for the phone.

Which means that if you don't get a new phone, you are paying 50% more than what you should. How is this not bundling? Isn't bundling normally illegal?

Imagine if Microsoft suddenly announced that from now on, Windows costs 50% more, but with any purchase of Windows, you get the possibility to buy Word for $1… What are the chances this would fly?? I thought that was exactly what got them in trouble with Internet Explorer…

Activists urge Skype: Tell us who is spying on us

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Angel

Nobody, nobody

Why would you even ask?

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