* Posts by ratfox

3439 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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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Megaphone

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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Trollface

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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Trollface

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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Go

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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Trollface

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…

Microsoft's offices gutted in Athens arson attack

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Pint

Re: But...but...but...

Microsoftes Eunt Domus!

Apple users get pricier hotel options from Orbitz

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Angel

Re: Now if they did this for browsers...

Opera: the authentic experience of the wild?

Apple wins US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

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A ban based on a design patent??

There are no words…

Google unwraps cloudy personnel/fleet tracking via Droid

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Happy

Déjà vu

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/06/21/google_launches_coordinate/

Apple slapped with 75 lawsuits by staff of titsup French computer biz

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"Bone of contention"?

Is the expression Apple of discord so little known in English?

Texas sues Google for 'withholding' documents from antitrust probe

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Meh

Re: "which claimed attorney-client privilege"

Meh… I guess it is fairly easy to always have a lawyer in CC of every email… a bit like some companies systematically have a disclaimer in the signature, "in no way represents the official opinion of, blah blah…"

There is something wrong with the system when the simple presence of a lawyer changes so much.

Google launches field force management tool

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FAIL

Read the damn article

"all location data is fully encrypted at rest and never shared with Google"

If you don't believe them, sue them and win millions.

Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

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Re: Shooting the spy plane

If you really want the data, just fly you own damn plane; it will be far easier, and even cheaper.

So you wanna be a Wall Street techie? Or anyway, get paid a lot

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Re: "meaningless...almost Zen-like puzzles"

In general, there is no "role being interviewed for" at Google interviews. They hire thousands of people per year, and have thousands of positions opening. They cannot wait months after they open a position to decide who to hire for that position.

So they want people who can work in any job, whatever that job will be next month. And the people interviewing you are unlikely to be from your team.

Google coughs up what it coughs up to govs - and what it suppresses

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Pint

Where's the link?!

Pics or it didn't happen!

Facebook shells out $10m for using users faces in adverts

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Angel

After the Billion long scale and short scale…

The ultra-short scale: 1 Million = 1 Billion = 1 Trillion = 1 Quadrillion…

Apple-Moto patent punchup can come into court, says judge

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Happy

Maybe he's just yanking their chain

I wouldn't mind personally…

Apple adds gay and lesbian icons to iOS 6 messaging

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Not Apple's fault!

They are just implementing the Unicode standard, which contains U+1F46C ('two men holding hands') and U+1F46D ('two women holding hands')…

The standard also contains U+1F46F ('woman with bunny ears'). I would write it here, but El Reg's forum seems woefully unable to accept it: "The post contains some characters we can’t support".

Supreme Court dismisses Assange bid to reopen extradition case

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Happy

Looking forward to…

…Assange being condemned to 50 hours of community service…

Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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WTF?

Professional video editing... on a laptop?

How about using a desktop? Y'know, with a larger screen? And more memory?

Apple Passbook card-'n'-ticket app paves way for iOS e-wallet

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Re: do train e-tickts really exist ?

Here in Switzerland, they do, and have existed for three years already.

Ironically, the very first commentard on the linked article exclaims that his Nokia could already do that two years earlier...

Apple pulls in TomTom, kicks Google off iPhones

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Who cares, you ask?

150 millions of users, probably. And growing.

Have you never noticed that other people sometimes make choices different from yours, and that apart from a statistically insignificant exception, the world consists of other people?

ICO could smack Google Street View with fine after all

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Re: Unintentional??

The main purpose of the antennas was to identify the Wifi networks which are used for geolocation. This has not been much of an issue. The big issue is that the unprotected data going over these networks was also stored, instead of just recording the network IDs and deleting the rest.

Microsoft 'mulled Nokia buyout, ran away screaming'

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WTF?

Ecosystem == markets??

That resolves to false in my compiler. The way I understand it, an ecosystem is a collection of developers, apps, content and users which is big enough to be self-sufficient. The market for smartphones is big enough for multiple ecosystems, so it is demonstrably not the same thing...

Maybe I did not understand what you meant.

Apple iPad sales drop by DOUBLE DIGITS in Europe

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Angel

Re: What!?

A friend of mine just got a Note, which he uses as a phone. He does have hulk-sized hands...

You probably need military-style pockets also.

Google Maps adds aircraft, tricycles and skiers to cover all bases

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Re: Now if they could just update the maps they already have...

If it appears on the satellite pics, you can fix it yourself with Map Maker. The pictures from the area seem to be from last year, so your building should be on it.

Legendary sci-fi fantasy author Ray Bradbury exits planet Earth

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Coat

When is the cremation?

The one with the can of gas and the matchbox...

Napster duo launch Airtime to reinvent videoconferencing

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Angel

Alternatively...

Talk to people on the subway?

China and US argue over smog tweets

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Devil

Darn diplomatic immunity

Not much they can do about it, can they? This is definitely a case where trying to escalate things would just attract attention to the issue.

Assange loses appeal against extradition to Sweden

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Angel

£50 says...

He spends less time in Swedish jails than he has spent fighting extradition.

Google now gets 250k copyright takedown requests EACH WEEK

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Geez

Talk about whack-a-mole...

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