* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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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Facepalm

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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Facepalm

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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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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Happy

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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Happy

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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Facepalm

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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Go

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...

Facebook needs Opera - to rescue it from dependence on Apple

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Stop

"managers now answerable to shareholders"

Errr... That would be the single shareholder who controls over 50% of the voting shares, right? I'm pretty sure managers were already answerable to him...

'Dated and cheesy' Aero ripped from Windows 8

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Mushroom

Therefore replacing the windows flag, well-known for over two decades...

With the very first windows logo, which nobody knows or remembers, skewed "to give it perspective".

That's top work from top marketing agencies right there.

Windows Phone beats iOS sales in China

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Official sales

China is a large buyer of iShiny imported from other countries. Is this counted?

Facebook's Eduardo Saverin: I'm not a tax-dodger

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Devil

The scenario of Strike Commander becomes true!

Whereas the IRS engages to terrorist-type activities, including hiring mercenaries, in order to collect back taxes from people who have left the United States.

Pinterest valued at $1.5 BILLION, bags $100m in funding

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Pint

Oh, so it is about <I>pin</I>...

I thought it would be about pint... Of beer, that is.

No interest, then.

Pints under attack as Lord Howe demands metric-only UK

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Trollface

This is nothing!

UK should drive on the right, like the rest of the world!

Google compressed-filth legal battle with smut site ended in US

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Re: So my question is

From what I understood, other web sites were illegally publishing the pictures, which were then crawled by Google.

Fun fact: The founder of Perfect 10 is a math professor turned poker player. Met him at an academic conference once.

Google's self-driving car snags first-ever license in Nevada

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Why?

Seriously, why? That is a rare case where what is decided in one state has very little chance of having any kind of influence in another one.

Java jury finds Google guilty of infringement: Now what?

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Happy

"Catastrophic appearance of former Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz"

Why catastrophic? Or rather, catastrophic for who? Oracle, or Andrew Orlowski?

ARM creators Sophie Wilson and Steve Furber

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Thumb Up

Re: I'm not alone!

Oh no, you are not alone. I suspect web designers will learn to place important links right next to ads in the near future.

Microsoft's dumpster-diver partner strategy is rubbish

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How could Microsoft partner with a market leader?

They want to be the partner leader. They are not going to share with Apple, Google or Amazon...

Facebook unfriends 19-inch data center racks

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FAIL

What's with the back to article link?

There is normally a link at the top of the comments allowing to go back to the article. For some reason, on this article, it this disappears behind a cloud banner...

Yahoo! investor! accuses! CEO! of! embellishing! resume!

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WTF?

If I was a Yahoo! shareholder...

The last thing I'd want is to get CEOs fired one after another. But hey, I'm not (thankfully) so do what you want Mr Loeb.

Chinese feel pressure to work longer hours

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Headmaster

The average Chinese worker has less than two legs

I get bugged by sentences which state "the average Chinese works so many hours", rather than "Chinese work so many hours in average".

Google, PayPal protest against Brits' pay-by-bonk threesome

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Trollface

Hungry?

Hungry's no country I ever heard of...

Yahoo! tacks! two! more! patents! onto! Facebook lawsuit!

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Happy

Funny

We attacked them because we thought they had no patents; but now they bought some to hit us with... No fair!

Report: Microsoft tried and FAILED to offload Bing on Facebook

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WTF?

Apple? What's the relation to Apple?

Calm down, fanboy o_0

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Trollface

If they really want better search results...

They could always ask Google to do it?

'Apple will coast, and then decelerate' says Forrester CEO

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My gods

How could have I failed to realize that iPods and iPhones and iPads, which make the vast majority of Apple's income, and are consumer devices, are actually not fit to be your work platform? Surely Apple will go bankrupt any time now.

I hope Nokia manages soon to create a Windows 8 workstation and avoid that fate.

Uni plagiarism site buckles under crush of last-minute essays

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Gods...

In all the articles I have written, I use the same paragraphs to introduce the general topic...

FLAGGED: You are plagiarizing 1,234,567 articles with the sentence "Machine learning has a multitude of applications". Please reword it.

Google ups bug bounty to $20,000 per flaw

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Facepalm

Re: Increase?

As opposed to what company which is paying more than that for bugs?

Google farewells apps in spring clean

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Trollface

Re: How can anybody now justify using Google APIs?

Yeah, do you even know how HARD it is these days to find a computer that can read my backups on 5 1/4'' floppy disks? Without even talking about my punch cards...

Microsoft and Facebook in $1bn pass the IP parcel play

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Actually...

The PageRank patent belongs to Standford University. Google has exclusive license rights, though.

PR mag: Let promoters edit clients' Wikipedia entries

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Happy

Risk is too big

Sorry, I prefer the minor errors in dates to letting PR people edit articles. If you are not happy, create another wiki and compete.

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