* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

China is world's most malware-ridden nation

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


Goes like?


Plural is?


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

When open-source eats itself, we win

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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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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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"illicit competition violates the American sense of fair play"

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


Samsung's squillionaire supremo scuttles siblings' shares snatch

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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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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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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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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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People trust eBay?

Who would've thunk?

Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

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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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So where's the street view??


Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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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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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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Nobody, nobody

Why would you even ask?

Twitter adds loopy videos with Vine integration

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They have to follow the trend

Nowadays, memes are often animated. They cannot let users go somewhere else for that, now can they?

Victims of 'revenge pr0n' sue GoDaddy, smut site

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Takedown policy

Are there rules making it mandatory to take down pictures of a person, when asked? It certainly depends on countries, and in the US, on the state… I wish these women luck.

Google: Gov demands for YOUR web data up 70% in just 3 years

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"US government far ahead"

If you read the text above the table, you will note that requests counted as coming from the US government also include requests made on behalf of other governments. It is a detail worth mentioning.

Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: Honest laws

Yes, but they say directly why they forbid it, i.e. because they want a secular and modern country. They don't make bullshit claims about it being a matter of security.

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Honest laws

I think that governments in general should state honestly what is the purpose of the laws. Creating a tax on data, and justifying it by saying the users are workers collecting valuable information for the company sounds more like insane troll logic than anything else. They might as well come out and say honestly, we are taxing you people because we need the money and you can afford it.

The French government seems adept at these disingenuous justifications. E.g: The law which forbids people from covering their face in public is claimed to be a matter of security, and not at all a way to push Muslim integration by stopping the practice of wearing a veil. Never mind that the same law prescribes especially harsh punishment for a person who forces other people to cover their face, like a Muslim husband might do to his wives and daughters. Relation to security: None.

Dotcom says German authors' society canned Mega launch vid

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Re: Not easy to like this guy

not so easy to pinpoint.

I don't find it so hard to pinpoint… He became very very rich, mostly by skirting the rules closer than most would be comfortable with. And the fact that he renamed himself "Dotcom" is not doing him any favors!

'Op! Op! Op!' Gangnam Style earns Google $8m

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It's all about Psy these days

PSY curve on Wolfram alpha

Dead Steve Jobs' patent war threat to Palm over 'no-hire pact'

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Wasn't it around that time…

That Apple and Palm got into an update battle to stop/allow users from using iTunes to transfer songs to their Palm?

UK taxmen turn heat on tax-swerving big biz, hope to smoke out £1bn

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Re: Sellers paying the VAT

This actually seems more philosophical to me than anything else. In practice, the price of things is exactly how much consumers are willing to pay for it. The company ultimately receives an amount which is slightly smaller. Whether the difference between the two is VAT paid by the consumer, collected by the business and transferred to the state, or whether it is a turnover tax paid for by the business is hardly more than a matter of semantics. Just change the variables in the equations and give them a different name, but the effect on the economy, actors, business incentives etc. remains the same.

Oz library finds Lance Armstrong books a new home: The fiction section

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Re: @AC

I don't care if he cheated… He's still the best trumpet player I've ever heard!

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All but one tainted by doping…

Obviously, Miguel Indurain managed to retire just in time after his fifth consecutive victory in the Tour…

Google pulls 'racist' Make Me Asian app

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Big deal

Then again, the author made plenty of "make me" apps, but apparently no "make me black"…

Google files patent for eyewear that SHOOTS LASERS

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Re: Didn't think I'd ever say this - but why bother with lasers?

These are not augmented reality glasses (or at least, the current Google glasses are not). They only display an image on a small part of your vision.

Google sinks millions into plush new £1bn London HQ

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Look at the bright side, will ya?

These £650m are coming from outside the country and are being used to buy/build stuff inside the country. You'd prefer they do it in Ireland?

PR people 'put duty to the public ahead of employers' interests'

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"I can't afford to lose my credibility ... As PR professionals, it's all we have"

Well, in that case I have bad news for you…

eBay's festive sales soar, but what's this? Profit DOWN 62%?

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Re: All that money so little profit

Or perhaps these servers and engineers actually cost money too. They have 27'000 employees, that must cost a little bit of cash.

Security audit finds dev outsourced his job to China to goof off at work

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White House raises the signature threshold for petitions to 100,000

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In Switzerland, with that many signature, you can force a referendum on any new law…

Privacy winds blow through Clouds towards Switzerland

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Switzerland does not cooperate when sources were acquired illegally

So, suppose just for instance that a rogue bank employee went to the German government with a CD full of Germans trying to hide their money in Swiss banks. Since revealing the name of bank customers is a crime in Switzerland, Switzerland will not help with the investigation.

This is of course a purely hypothetical example!

China's Android users warned of giant botnet

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This is why

Android should let users block any apps they want from network access.

I hear you say: "yes but poor developers need ads revenue to survive and apps need network access to fetch ads". Fine. Provide an API which allows apps to fetch ads in a [i]controlled[/i] manner.

I mean, this is not paranoia. There [i]are[/i] people out to get you. It is now standard on non-mobile machines to get a warning whenever a program accesses the web for the first time, giving you the choice to block it. I see no reason why it should not be the case for phones.

Hey, open sourcers: Who's your code's daddy?

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Yeah, fork it.

Create on github a separate project called vert.ks, inform contributors of the change. Let vert.x disappear for lack of maintenance. That is what Open Source is about…

Possibly, learn in the process that VMware is better than you at maintaining the project, and that contributors will not move.

EU antitrust chief growls at Google, hopes to avoid sanctions

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Not the point

Google for an address like "17 baker street london": You will get a map on top of the page, created by Google Maps. As you would expect, clicking on that map brings you to Google Maps.

You might think this is obvious. But Google for "AAPL": You will get a chart on top of the page showing the evolution of the Apple stock; but clicking on that chart brings you nowhere. You actually have to choose between three (tiny and hard to see) options below the graph, which are Google Finance, Yahoo Finance and MSN Money. No assumption is made that since you are searching on Google, you necessarily want the Google product.

Note that this behavior could be argued to be worse for the user than just linking the graph to Google Finance. After all, the user who mostly does not care probably expects that he can click on the graph to get more information. He does not know that he has to click on one of the tiny links, he might indeed spend a few seconds figuring that out. This normally counts as bad user experience.

There might be many reasons why the assumption would be made that you want Google Maps, instead of Bing Maps or (god forbid) Mapquest. Probably, Google Maps is much more popular than its competitors, which might not be the case for Google Finance.

Of course, Bing and Yahoo do the "natural" thing and link to their own products…

Amazon puts up CD rack in the cloud, unearths your OLD stuff too

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Re: What about...

I doubt very much they are doing this without the approval of right holders… They are aggressive, not crazy.

Manning was 'illegally punished', will get 112 days lopped off any sentence

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And I agree with all of them.

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No matter how you look at it, Manning though of leaking and contacted Wikileaks – not the reverse. Wikileaks did not know Manning existed. The most you can accuse Wikileaks is that they "gave him ideas".

Assange is still a dick, though.

Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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There is no android in the rice cooker

You just control the rice cooker with an android app…

'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

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Re: 2036

You forgot the 15-blades razor!

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