* Posts by ratfox

3442 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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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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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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.

Twitter poses patent non-aggression treaty to unblock industry

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Holmes

Re: BFD

What money? If Twitter will not sue people who infringe on a patent, how will it get any money for it?

Apart from that, I assume Twitter employees who write a patent already get a cash bonus, which is likely to be more than whatever the employee could get out of it otherwise.

Prince of Persia author releases 1980s source code

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Pint

Yes!

The classic is still better than what Ubisoft came up with!

Google's Brin admits he under-estimated Chinese censorship

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Re: @AC 16/04/2012 17:53 Google are not philanthropists

Actually, considering the trinity at the top of Google owns a majority of voting shares, they do not need to care about the publicly-traded shares...

Apple screws UK disties, punts just 13,000 iPads to channel

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Coffee/keyboard

"The Reg was still awaiting a response from Apple at the time of writing..."

You owe me a new keyboard!

If Google's only taking a COPY of your personality, why worry?

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FAIL

Oh hey, my original post was "deleted by a moderator"

Anyway, all websites collecting your private information, such as Google, Facebook and the like have in their T&Cs that they can do whatever they want with the information, that your are granting them the right to do whatever they want with the pictures you upload, etc.

By using them, you are foregoing your privacy AND the copyright to all your data... So insisting that private information is protected by copyright serves no purpose.

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Moody's downgrades Nokia to near-junk status

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Angel

Re: Might improve with Lumia 900 sales

"Better than expected" == They actually sold some.

Nokia never had any significant presence in America.

Google finally secures gmail.de domain

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Did he still use it?

Or did he just keep it to get a payment out of Google? I believe this is a key point of such rulings.

Of course, the domain must have been near unusable: "address at gmail dot D E... No, not googlemail, gmail... And that's D E, not com! Yes, it's my address... No, it's not google..."

So what's the worst movie NEVER made?

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Devil

Jar Jar Binks and the revenge of the Ewoks

...Or something equivalent.

Death Star dinosaur aliens could rule galaxy

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Pint

Oh, it must be Friday, then?

Off for a beer!

AOL investor: $1bn Microsoft patent deal not good enough

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Some people are never happy

The price of AOL jumps up 40% in a single day, and they still manage to complain.

Hardware hacker knocks up own Google AR glasses

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Seems different

This seems to be glasses that have a screen inside, and display a stream coming from a camera with additional info overlaid. The Google thing look more like a heads-up display.

Still, he earned a beer!

Big Four US carriers vow to switch off stolen smartphones

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Devil

I'm sure that...

This will hurt the resale value in China...

Shareholder flings class action lawsuit at Groupon

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Duh

Easy: First, sell the stock. Then, sue the company for the loss you made. At that point, you don't care if it does go bankrupt.

Yahoo! countersued! by! Facebook! in patent! spat!

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No U

Welcome to America, Facebook.

Google pockets card payment biz, slips it into Wallet

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I have a feeling...

That untold millions are going to be spent without people using any of these technologies. Especially as long as they tie you to a single system.

@AC19:21 Would you rather give your money to AT&T?

Hitachi GST lays 4TB Easter egg

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Happy

Re: imagine the rebuilding time

Indeed, no RAID 5. See details on BAARF.

Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'

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Re: USA is obsessed with repressed sexual guilt

Apparently, this is not stopping their teenagers from getting it on. Their teen pregnancy rate is three times that of Europe. And how's this abstinence thing working for you?

Tweet dreams: Goldilocks, porridge AND the money dance

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WTF?

Re: Ideas Bear

A whole fruit basket in this case, I dare say...

Yahoo! finally! adds! Do! Not! Track! tool!

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Happy

Re: If Toth...

I actually read somebody complaining that after they log out and remove all cookies because they don't want to be tracked, website X inexplicably forgets all their settings.

Apple's Cook tops Page, Otellini in 'Favorite Boss' survey

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What about Jeff Bezos?

That I understand, he is worth about 0.98 Jobs on the tyrant scale... But he does get fairly impressive results, too.

I am surprised not to see him on the list, considering Meg Whitman is. Maybe I give her too little credit.

Balsillie bails as RIM reports terrible quarter

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Windows

Sad, really.

I predict that in a few years, we will feel sadness when Microsoft finds itself in the same situation.

ARM-Android to outship Windows-Anything by 2016

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Angel

Actually...

I would say this is normal behavior. On the contrary, I find weird people who wait for weeks until an app becomes cheaper, all that to save less money than what they would spend on a beer. Or people who adamantly refuse to pay $2 for an app that would be useful to them.

When you think logically about it, most paying apps cost almost nothing.

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