* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Don't buy a Google car: They might stop it while you're driving

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Paris Hilton

Re: Increasing censorship and spammer-friendly policies

I'm curious. Care to elaborate on these two points??

Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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Trollface

Re: I will vote with my wallet!

I am sure Google will regret all the money you were paying them…

Google to pay laughably minuscule fine over Wi-Fi slurp across US

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BlackBerry stock spikes on Lenovo buyout mumble

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Unhappy

And so it begins

I am getting flashbacks from Palm, four years ago.

Six things a text editor must do - or it's a one-way trip to the trash

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Happy

Emacs: Rejected

4. The editor should contain no implementation of Lisp

It's in the article!

Google's Wi-Fi sniffing to result in $7 million fine

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Devil

$7 millions? Wow

The scariest part is, if they could only come up with that, it probably means they could not even find which law Google had broken, and Google just settled with them to stop the nagging.

Google sends Street View car into Fukushima dead zone

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Devil

It's Japan

Dirt has been forbidden by law in the 70s.

More seriously, I wonder when this area will become a den of squatters who don't care about the radioactivity.

Android 'splits' into the Good and the lovechild of Bad and Ugly

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Those who root and flash a custom rom

Analysts don't usually bother with slivers of less than 0.1% of the market…

Google offers limited data on National Security Letters

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Happy

Ha! We can guess more info than they wanted to release!

For each year, they say they received between 0 and 999 letters… But always about a nonzero number of users! So we know that they actually received between 1 and 999 letters.

I bet the US government is going to freak out about the security implications of that slip.

Welsh bureaucrats busted for getting political on Twitter, Facebook

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Angel

Re: Beth wyt ti'n meddwl?

Wel, gallaf ddefnyddio Google cyfieithu…

Apple iWatch: Coming soon, runs iOS, to earn mucho mazuma

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Angel

Re: "...create something totally new like they did with the iPod"

See also the iPhone, and the iPad. Though they might have got ideas from many other products, whether they were superior in vision, execution or marketing, they became the products every other was compared to.

Now, it may be too early to tell, but I have the highest doubts that the iWatch will do the same.

Japanese govt: Use operator-run app stores, not Google Play

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FAIL

And this, gentlemen, is why…

Android should by default allow the users to selectively block access rights from apps; at least the right to send data over the network. I'm tired of arguing this point when it is such a no-brainer. All I could ever hear against is how poor developers should not have to handle their applications losing access to this or that… But anyway apps don't always have access to the network, e.g on planes, so this is pretty moot.

Canadian cyborg says Google Glass design is cracked

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FAIL

Like he's the only expert

He should have more respect for this Thad Starner guy leading the project at Google, with reasonable credentials of his own…

Amazon, Facebook, Google attempt to cure cancer with Big Data

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Devil

You're not trying hard enough

"Google is trying to deflect the attention from how EVIL they are!"

"Facebook would like us to forget the latest change in their privacy policy!"

And of course: "I see that Microsoft is not willing to do anything for society! ­– Eadon"

Google open sources very slow compression algorithm

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Happy

Heh… Zopfli

It means little jar…

Google builds web games using Chrome on mobes as controller

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Holmes

Because some people have iPhones

If it works with any Chrome, iPhone users can also play.

Judge bins Apple's plea to slash $368m FaceTime patent damages

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Devil

He who lives by the sword…

And as you gaze into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.

Google squishes login-bypass bug that opened door to hijackers

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Never understood how these ASPs work

Go there, press this button, copy this, paste it here. Now you can access this thing you want.

To put it simply, I have no clue how this is used. Good thing that I don't need to.

Google: Our 'freedom of expression' should trump punters' privacy

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I don't get it

Is this about the right to be forgotten, or is this about results for web pages which link to another web page Google is not supposed to crawl?

Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

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Actually would not want this

These days, I often find myself playing music by having YouTube on a tab somewhere in the background.

Look out! Peak wind is coming, warns top Harvard physicist

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WTF?

Makes no sense to me

The world contains many things that impede the wind from blowing. Apart from the windmills, there are trees, houses, skyscrapers, mountains…

I fail to see why a windmill would slow the wind more than any fixed structure of the same size… And frankly, we are very far from windmills being even a small percentage of all the wind-impeding crap we have built. Without even mentioning the mountains.

Nokia opens Maps to rivals, flogs uber-budget €15 phone

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Go

Good, good

Google Maps need the competition, and they need as many users as they can to keep up map quality. A map service simply cannot compete on quality without user-submitted content.

If I was Apple, I would launch a desktop version of their maps as soon as possible, and offer on it a proper way to report issues. The little tool they have on their phones is just not going to be enough.

Razzie voters drive stake through Twilight

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Happy

Interestingly, Robert Pattinson was spared

I suspect he has many fans from Harry Potter.

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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Alert

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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Alert

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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Coat

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??

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