* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Plan your BLACK FRIDAY CHARGE: Google shop maps go desktop

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They might be getting the data

Still not perfect at showing it. It does not seem possible to display anything else than the ground floor. Hm. Let's hope it will come…

YARR! Library Wi-Fi PIRATES can't be touched by Queen's men!

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There goes the connectivity

They better install fiber.

Republicans deny Hollywood pressure to pull copyright proposal

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The luggage full of money had nothing to do with it.

Facebook offers $10 to each of its Sponsored Stories victims

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EULA are worth little more than the paper they are not written on

Strangely, even if the EULA contained the terms "you agree to give us all your money", it would not mean Facebook can take all the money of their users.

This is not South Park; there are laws.

Easy to use, virus free, secure: Aaah, how I miss my MAINFRAME

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Reads like an advertisement for the cloud to me

Don't need to care where the computer is, it could be on the other side of the country…

Don't need to worry about drivers…

Have other people taking care of maintenance…

Don't lose your data when your PC dies…

For the user, what's the difference between the cloud and a mainframe?

Automatic Facebook couple pages: Nauseating sign of desperation

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Get your names right

It's Alice and Bob, not April.

Apple 'less innovative' at laptops than Lenovo

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Re: For me, Apple has a significant advantage

I do have a desktop running on Linux, running a version of Ubuntu 10. I regularly have problems with pop-up menus which refuse to disappear unless I quit the application, and people more knowledgeable than me say that this is a problem with nVidia drivers (I think Linus Torvalds had something to say about nVidia and their drivers).

Admittedly, my last laptop running on Linux was back in 2008.

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For me, Apple has a significant advantage

Which is that its laptops do not come with a crap OS.

…To elaborate a bit: Mac OS X is a Unix-based OS which does not suffer from driver problems. The first point eliminates Windows, and the second eliminates Linux.

Of course, other people have different criteria.

Google stats show government net spying on the rise

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Way to miss the point

It does not matter whether Google changed their privacy policy or not; they have to give the information to the government. The fact that Bing, Amazon or Facebook do not publish transparency reports does not mean they are not giving information to the government.

Industry in 'denial' as demand for pricey PCs plunges

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"Crash in much less time"

Perhaps you meant "Crash much less often"?

Apple, HTC kiss and make up

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Re: Android fragmentation is logarithmic

Logarithmic? This word, I don't think it means what you think it means…

Groupon redundancy special offer tips, shares plunge

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Sometimes I feel bad when a company heads towards failure…

Sometimes I don't.

Firm-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named's tax dodge profit shift? Totally legit

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I shall immediately stop paying for Google!

iPhone 5 unlocked US prices placed on Apple website by accident

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Mystery robot-bringing UFOs sighted by Indian troops on Tibet border

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"not manned or unmanned aircraft"… What does that mean? It flies but it is not an aircraft? An aircraft is then defined as being "something that can be picked up on a radar"? Which means a balloon is not an aircraft, then? What about stealth jets?

Also, they dispatched a scientific expedition which sighted the UFOs. What about pictures?

Slideshow: A History of First-person Shooters in 20 Games

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Rise of the triad!!1!

How could you have forgotten it? Also, yes, Heretic and hexen.

Facebook Phone rumours are back: And probably true this time

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Re: laughable

Good point. Amazon may have the content required to make their Android fork attractive. Facebook, in itself, hardly justifies a separate OS. At best, this can be a standard Android phone with a handful Facebook apps…

Businessweek: 'It's Global Warming, Stupid'

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"virtually no explanation other than climate change"

Not that I disagree with the basic conclusion, but you don't make science by saying "no other explanation". This is not a Sherlock Holmes novel, where you can eliminate all possibilities but one. Otherwise, you could take any unexplained phenomenon, and say there is for it "virtually no explanation other than it was aliens".

Grumble grumble.

Meet the photographer who brings Google Street View INDOORS

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Instead of doing the job themselves, Google seems to teach photographers the tools and let them do the door-to-door to convince shops. Actually makes sense.

El Reg acquires wildly dangerous laser cannon (with lightsabre option)

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Nice lightsabres

But do they make the NOISE?

Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Re: Duplo8

Good idea, but I think you will find that Duplo is very much a trademark…

Why don't they just call it the Tile interface?

iPhone owners sue Apple for locking Jesus mobe to AT&T

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Re: Could you actually buy an unlocked iPhone?

More to the point, this is a class-action lawsuit. Lawyers can make money out of this, but the people technically bringing the lawsuit can earn at most a dozen bucks out of it.

First, there were those lottery-type lawsuits where one guy could earn millions, not because that was the extent of his damages, but because that was how much the company had to be made to pay in order to stop screwing with consumers. E.g. Ford wouldn't even notice offering a new car to every guy who bothered to complain, they would only fix the problems with their cars under threat of multi-million lawsuits.

Then the class-action lawsuits were invented, so that individual consumers would hardly have an incentive of suing big corporations for a return of just $50 each. But the lawyers still had incentives, because they still earned millions out of such lawsuits.

So now, companies remove the right to class-action lawsuits from their customers in T&Cs. They can now act however they want, and it is not the worth the trouble for any single individual to sue them.

Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

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Ok ok, since you want to know, I'll tell you.

Microsoft 8 will be a failure.

Steve Ballmer will eventually get kicked out, but only after a long drop of market share.

Microsoft will never have so much influence as it did, though it will keep a niche business for corporate solutions.

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.

Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.

You will also meet a dark stranger under the influence of Saturn.

US Copyright Office approves phone jailbreaking and video remixes

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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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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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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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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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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:


Happy 20th Birthday, IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad

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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?

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