* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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.

Google rewrites dot-doc death note

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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.

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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Happy

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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Holmes

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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FAIL

"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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Meh

"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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Angel

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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Stop

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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Headmaster

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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Devil

Let me be the first to say…

That the lawyers are winning aplenty.

Sony unwraps James Bond's new Droidphone

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Coat

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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Angel

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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Go

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.

Anonymous takes down UK government websites in Assange attack

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How useful

Why not go for the guys who DDoSed Wikileaks instead?

Facebook shares hit all-time low

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Go

Let the Schadenfreude begin…

It is, after all, the reinste Freude.

First, Google goggles - now the world gets self-censoring specs

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Ontario is with you

In the name of equality, women are allowed to be topless in the street, just like men. This is called Topfreedom.

AntiLeaks boss: We'll keep pummeling WikiLeaks and Assange

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Happy

Curious and impatient to see the reaction of Anonymous

…oh, and of justice systems. DDoS is a crime, amirite?

Google, PayPal, banks, mobile networks in pay-by-bonk peace summit

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Interoperability

I wish some of them could act as Google did in the US spectrum auction; i.e. pledging a whole bunch of money on condition that all participants have to accept interoperability no matter what.

It may be just my opinion, but I think government regulation about minimum interoperability is coming no matter what. There are just not enough players to guarantee a fair competition. If so, the sooner governements force interoperability, the better.

Wikipedia collapses threatening the very fabric of civilisation

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Paris Hilton

They sure have changed a lot since the last time I went to one! Though the hot librarian did use to make my mind wander.

Paris, STDs, …

Climate change behind extreme weather, says NASA

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FAIL

"virtually no explanation other than climate change"

What lack of imagination. Is this what passes for science these days?

"Ice ages were caused by aliens. There is virtually no other explanation"… Because we have no explanation at all.

Boy cuffed after Twitter troll's drown threat to Olympic diver Tom Daley

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Well done

This was obviously a credible threat. I hope they investigate his relationship with Al-Qaeda.

WikiLeaks punks The New York Times with op-ed hoax

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Re: Wait.

…And another assistant that does all the article-writing-stuff for him without verifying anything?

Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

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You can turn it off

You can uncheck the option in the drop-down menu, top right of the map.

Apple blacklisted by Chinese consumer watchdog

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Warranty extension after repair?

Does that exist elsewhere? It sounds open to abuse…

Galaxy S III dumps universal search, tries to dodge Apple's sueballs

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Universal search is lame anyway

Seriously. I can't remember ever wanting to search for something without knowing whether I was going to find it on the web or on my cell phone.

Amazon to bash down Google, Apple with SIX new tablets - report

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Re: Fragmentation

…VERY far behind the technology curve…

…ease of use is actually a limitation rather than a selling point…

C'mon, be serious. Android phones have barely managed to get about as good as the iPhone.

Java won the smartphone wars (and nobody noticed)

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Huh? Nokia, RIM?

You are seriously basing your argument on the fact that Nokia and RIM, who are both fast becoming irrelevant, have turned to Java?

It's a bit like saying "Tories have won the elections" because two small, remote counties have voted for Tories…

Expert: EU Microsoft competition fine could reach $7bn

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WTF?

@Tom 38

Hang on… Apple does not have a monopoly on phones, because users can simply use a different phone. Ok.

Yet, Google has a monopoly on search, because…? Users cannot use Bing, Baidu or DuckDuckGo?

Oracle scales back plans for Java 8

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Devil

If only Oracle…

Had spent a bit less money fighting over nine lines of old code, and a bit more writing new code…

Yahoo! Poaches! New! CEO! From! Google!

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"all of her education is in technology"

You mean, she should get an MBA first to be competent for the job?

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Good for Yahoo

And good luck to her… She'll need it.

Sleek new Macs violate fanbois' Retinas with display garbage

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Curious: Where is the mistake?

God, it is like using an ordinary computer of poor people. I honestly don't see what the problem is with the sentence.

Apple, Google and Amazon sneakier than BANKERS and OIL FIRMS

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judging the firms for their "anti-corruption" programmes…

So firms which never had corruptions problems, and never started anti-corruptions programmes, come up last…? Brilliant.

WikiWin: Icelandic court orders Visa to process WikiLeaks $$$

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@Matt: within the law?

It is maybe within the law in the US, but not in Iceland… That is the point.

Anonymous hack hands WikiLeaks TWO MILLION Syrian emails

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Good to see…

That Wikileaks is still doing stuff. Hopefully, they will work better now that Assange is away…

Olympus MEG4.0 smart glasses will photoshop the REAL WORLD

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BA staff to google for snaps, dirt on biz-class passengers

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Good god

All this angst over the possibility you will be greeted with "Welcome back, Mr. Jones".

Is it just me, or is everybody getting paranoid these days?

Texas Higgs hunters mourn the particle that got away

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Hang on…

Are you seriously claiming it would be better not to make important new discoveries, out of fear from running out of things to discover?! How does that even make sense??

…Anyway, we are not even close to running out.

China trains its cannons on digital pirates

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China acting tough on online piracy?

BWA HA HA HA HA HA… Mpff… Heh heh heh…

Oh wait, you're serious? Let me laugh even harder: BWAAAA HAA HAA…

'Young people don't want to become like us', say IT pros

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WTF?

Re: Social Networking as a Profession?

Er… Coding for a social networking site is as boring as coding a payroll job? Having done both, I have to say I disagree, but YMMV…

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