* Posts by ratfox

3442 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

US Copyright Office approves phone jailbreaking and video remixes

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Deal

Don't let the door hit your back on the way out.

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"...jailbreaking broke the current business model of operators subsidizing handsets"

That would be a feature, not a bug!

Apple CEO: Microsoft Surface 'compromised, confusing'

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Product doing two things at the same time

I remember, after buying my first smartphone (a Palm Treo) being told by somebody that if you tried to have a single device do the job of both a PDA and a phone, you ended up with a bad PDA and a bad phone (the guy bought a Treo for himself later). I wonder what he would have said to a device doing the job of a phone, PDA, GPS, web browser and game console… he's an iPhone freak now, of course.

US-CERT warns DKIM email open to spoofing

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Pint

Sickest job interview I heard of

Congrats to the man!

Apple banishes Java from Mac browsers

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Silent H

Putting "a" or "an" before a word depends on the pronunciation, not whether the word starts with a vowel or a consonant. E.g. you write "a university", even though u is a vowel, but you write "an hour", even though h is a consonant.

So you are correct that one should write "a herb" if the h of herb is pronounced; but if the h is silent, you should write "an herb".

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Re: Reality Distorting Fruit

Coffee is not an herb, but a bean.

Minnesota backpedals from online education ban

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Good for them

That seems to be exactly the sensible thing to do. Go Minnesota!

'PENDING LARRY QUOTE' - Google financials dunder blunder

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Re: bond...?

You are not mad. Looking at any article in a category shows the different subcategories of that category on the second row. Bond is currently the only subcategory of the bootnotes category, and this article is in the bootnotes category, as shown rather discreetly by the fact that the word in the menu bar is in bold.

As for the xxxx, dunno. Related to Bond, maybe?

Google 'uniquely positioned' for move to mobile internet

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Re: when life gives you lemons, make Lemon Meringue Pie

Very American-centric. Apple had no such exclusivity contracts outside of United States, is the market share of iOS vs Android any different?

Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets

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Paris Hilton

What, no Danger Hiptop? aka: Where is the Paris Hilton angle?

Paris Hilton is most displeased that you forgot her phone. It even got a story in the Reg for being hacked: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/02/21/paris_hacked/

EU data bosses order Google to sort out privacy

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No kidding

Of course Google sets no clear limits. They don't want to get burned by getting caught doing something which is explicitly disallowed by their T&Cs. I dare say that these demands from the CNIL are mostly useless. The only way for users to have clear guarantees is for the T&Cs to be dictated by somebody else.

13-inch 'Retina Display' MacBook Pro to uncloak next Tuesday?

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Nope, nuh-huh, not a chance

Mixing in a single event the new shiny reduced iPad with a new shiny reduced laptop? Apple knows better than this. They don't want to dilute the message.

Skydiver Baumgartner in 128,000ft plunge from brink of space

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Well done!

That was impressive!

Online mutterings foretell iPad Mini on October 23

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Joke

Yes, but was this reported by inside sources that have been reliable in the past??

If you don't tell us that, how do we know whether we should believe it or not??

Samsung, not Nokia, fans' most favoured WinPho brand

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Asking in the US whether people will buy a Nokia…

Is like asking in Europe whether people will buy a GM car. The brand is just not known enough.

Google updates Street View with 250,000 miles of footage

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: "miles of footage"?

You owe me…

UN locks Apple, Google, Microsoft in a room for patent peace summit

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How I wish this was true…

I fear this is only the beginning of the Great Patent Wars of the 21st Century.

iOS 6 Alarms bug hits Australia

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Testing

We've heard of it.

Bing is the most heavily poisoned search engine, study says

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You fail statistics forever

There is nothing in the article that suggests that more than 30% of search results are poisoned.

Assange chums must cough up £93,500 bail over embassy lurk

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Re: "which is recognised legally as Ecuadorian territory"

@emmanuel goldstein: We must go deeper, so…

Skydiver Baumgartner's 120,000ft spacesuit leap delayed by bad wind

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Speed of sound

Interesting: I was going to complain that the speed of sound is very different at that altitude, but apparently not really. Wikipedia says that because sound goes faster in low density and slower in low pressure, the only real difference comes with temperature, and so the lowest speed of sound he should encounter is about 270 m/s.

Google-Moto slips out of Microsoft's grapple in German court wrestle

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Re: "Motorola won a ban on Xboxes that ended up blocked by a US court"

Nevertheless, an American judge can apparently order Motorola not to have enforced a ban ruled in Germany. At least, the ban has not been enforced, and I doubt that Motorola would be so merciful if they could help it…

Google rewrites dot-doc death note

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Re: Where is the change?

Actually, copy / pasted right from this article…?

After a quick look, It seems that the 2003-07/97-2003 confusion was a mistake in the original post from Google:

http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/09/26/google-announces-huge-change-apps-will-remove-office-2003-2007-format-support-october-1/

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Where is the change?

There is no difference between the first announcement and the second announcement.

"Download Google Docs in Office 2003-07 format" means exporting files from Google Docs to your computer in the old formats. That's what they say will not be supported any more in the first statement, and the new statement says exactly the same thing.

The only difference is that now, they tell you how you can open the new formats on your computer if you are still with an old version of Office, and they make clear that importing old formats is still possible, contrary to the FUD.

Happy 20th Birthday, IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad

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Meh

Powered by six AA batteries…

Scary how power hungry computers have become now. Well, admittedly, the specs also raised a chuckle…

Google Wallet: Rub our button, cough 15p for quick read

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Well, it worked for songs on iTunes

I wonder if the adoption rate of Google Wallet is high enough for this to work, though…

Mobe app makers doubt Windows 8 will be worth the hassle - poll

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Chicken and egg problem

No user base means no developer means no apps means no user base.

That's why they are shoehorning the Metro^W tablet UI on desktops, because they hope the user base there will be enticing enough for developers to develop apps for it which will entice users…

Google settles epic US book-scanning battle with 5 publishers

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Here's a cost _not_ asssociated with books

The cost of maintaining a web site. You think Amazon runs itself?

Samsung claims Apple jury foreman LIED to get REVENGE

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"Apple won't be happy, Samsung clearly aren't"

I suspect Samsung is dancing with glee at the possibility of a retrial.

Conroy wants telcos to wear undies on heads

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Re: "I have unfettered legal power"

Yep, as you say. I can't think of anybody sane saying these words.

RIM reports more losses, lower sales, lots of cash

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No need to wait for the launch

The stock went up 20% after last night's announcement…

Cops cuff Google exec over YouTube Brazilian whack vid

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Re: Err...

It seems to me that it is rather if Google cared about money that they would allow nudity on YouTube… Quite profitable, as I understand it.

McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

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You're on!

I'll never eat there again anymore. This should be easy, considering I live in a different country.

Instagram on iPhone 5: Now you can spoil even MORE snaps

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WTF?

"live filters will be phased out as we work to improve the Instagram experience for all users"

How is it possible to parse that sentence in a way that make sense?? They are removing an option that many users liked

Is it that Facebook wants a chance to grab the picture before filters got applied?

Google exec faces arrest after vid tears strip off Brazilian

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They tried

That is why Youtube has been blocked in China since 2009.

Google in new Maps patent row - but not with Apple

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"Google's map app - which was recently thrown off Apple's iOS platform"

Will you people please finally get it!?

The app which was on iOS up to iOS 5 was not an app from Google, but an app from Apple, using Google data.

Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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Re: Future consequences

Obviously, Grandad's memory is not what it used to be…

Eric Schmidt: Ha ha, NO Google maps app for iPhone 5

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Wrong!

The app that works on every other iPhone and version of iOS was written by Apple. It only used the data of Google maps. If Google wants to submit their own app, they have to write it from scratch.

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Who says they are not working on one?

Eric Schmidt says they have not done anything yet, not that they will not do it…?

Facebook shares drop 10%, trip NASDAQ 'circuit breaker'

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The worst is yet to come

If I understand correctly, almost half of the stock is held by employees, who can only start selling it in a few weeks.

Fans revolt over Amazon 'adware' in Ubuntu desktop search results

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"These are not ads because they are not paid placement."

So these are links which direct you to a store where you can buy things, and if you click on them, somebody will receive money for it. But, they are not ads!

Amazon creates exchange for reserved cloud capacity

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Only a matter of time…

Until all this becomes a commodity. BTW, do the rules forbid selling what you bought at a discount, without telling Amazon? If a company just acts as a proxy transferring jobs to EC2, more like a retailer than a broker?

Google sneaks in back door, slips YouTube onto iPhone 5

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Nope, not Google

Both the YouTube and Maps applications that were bundled with previous versions of iOS were written by Apple.

Curiosity parks for a day, looks back in wonder

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Antispinward??

The correct term is widdershins, as everybody should know!

Facebook shoves your face in Microsoft's Bing thing

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"On Bing, your Facebook privacy settings are always respected"

Oh, good to know that Microsoft is following Facebook's lead on privacy…

Apple and Google in talks to end patent war?

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Let me be the first to say…

That the lawyers are winning aplenty.

Sony unwraps James Bond's new Droidphone

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In before rounded corner jokes…

Argh, too late.

It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Re: Two problems...

> Secondly (and this is something James May commented on when he built his LEGO house) too many of the pieces are single-use.

This depends on what you buy. It is still possible to buy kits of standard, non-specialized, pieces. We recently bought one for me^Wmy son.

Curiosity spins its wheels and shoots up the Martian landscape

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Well, it has atomic batteries, doesn't it?

- Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed.

- Roger. Ready to move out.

Na na na na na na na na na na na na na, Batmaaaan, na na na na na na…

WikiLeaks' secrets weren't, says former MI5 chief

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Re: Top Secret Stuff

Search the web before repeating bullcrap.

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