* Posts by ratfox

3442 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Google offers Oracle slice of Android profits for patents

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WTF?

Huh?

They are arguing over what, $2 millions? Isn't this far less than what they already paid for lawyers?

Also, I thought that the copyright claims had largely been considered bogus?

Dotcom hike will net millions of bucks for Verisign, ICANN

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Is ICANN a for-profit business?

I am wondering where all the money goes. We need some oversight with teeth, and fast.

UC interoperability still a bad joke: Gartner

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Oh, so this is about VoIP?

I could not make heads or tails of all the acronyms in the article.

...all right, I could not bother to Google for it either.

Harry Potter e-books go on sale

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Devil

Re: how much?!?!

I suppose audio books do cost money to make, and have such a small audience that they need to get the money back [i]some[/i]how...

That said, what happened to these reader apps that automatically read e-books aloud? Last I remember, copyright owners were claiming this was illegal because it amounted to giving a public performance, which merely owning the book does not give you the right to do. Did that ever get resolved?

Cameron's attempt to cram a robot arm wearing a Rolex into his pristine bottom

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Well, people wear sunglasses after sunset

It is about as useful. And how many people own a Porsche and never drive it faster than half the speed it can go? Then we can talk about things that are expensive but have no use at all. Diamonds, for instance.

Egypt ponders smut suppression

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IT Angle

Reg Hardware > Lifestyle > Gadgets

What is this article doing in here??

Size DOES matter: Nokia snubs Apple's royalty-free nano-SIM

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Re: Is size really an issue?

I assume they intend to fill any available space to the brink with more components, or more probably, with batteries.

Even with bigger screens, any amount of space inside of these tiny little things must cost an arm and a leg in terms of performance.

Twitter a poor predictor of movie success

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How much of Twitter traffic is astroturfing?

That's the problem with crowd sourcing from unverified sources. As soon as it becomes popular, it becomes full of fake reports.

Baidu! boss! says! no! to! Yahoo! gobble!

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Re: Would make sense for Apple

D'oh. Please ignore my stupid comment. I had an iPhone for two years, and I never saw that option (not that I ever felt the need for it).

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Would make sense for Apple

They want the iPhone to use the search engine the user wants to use.

...Of course, they could also give people the choice...

OAP sues Apple for $1m after walking into store's glass door

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Lucky lady

At 83, there aren't that many ladies who can walk fast enough to break their nose on anything.

Google asked to bin autocomplete results for Japanese man's name

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WTF?

What only autocomplete?

Why not ask Google to also remove from their results all mention of web pages that might make him look bad? After all, if autocomplete shows these words, I assume that results for his own name show web sites related to the same words...

I can only assume that all the people whose name is George Zimmerman are pretty unhappy with what they see on the web these days. They should sue Google, too.

Paedophiles ‘disguise’ child abuse pages as legit websites

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↑↑↓↓←→←→BA

The one with the Konami game in the pockets...

Dot Pharmacy: New web weapon in war on duff drug peddlers

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Internet.bs??

Off to register thatis.bs, Icantbelievethis.bs, ismell.bs and whatever I will think of in the next ten minutes...

Safety cert green light points to April iPad launch in China

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Should be easy to know

The iPads ought to be practically indistinguishable one from the other. Jailbreak a US and a Chinese one, and look for differences.

Senators chime in on employers’ Facebook snooping

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FAIL

Great

Not only this is violating the privacy of the prospective employee, it is also violating the privacy of everybody who ever sent them a private message...

El Reg Forums FAQ

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Re: How do you know your post amount anyway ?

Just click on your own name next to any of your post.

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Headmaster

Written in Perl? You masochists!

That aside, there is a slight inconsistency between pages "Posts by ratfox" and ""My Posts".

In the first one, each post comes with a link of type "Posted in Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad", which leads straight to this post in that forum.

In the second one, each post comes with a link of type "In forum Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad", which only leads to the top of the forum, which is less useful – you have to search for your own post. It is possible to click instead on the permalink Posted Tuesday 20th March 2012 15:37 GMT, and then click again on the link to this post in that forum, but it is a slight annoyance. And it is inconsistent.

Google patents mobile ads that sense noise, temp, light

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WTF?

"I'm sure there will be some evil intent but at the moment I just can't see what it is."

I mean, it can't be that they just want to make more money selling ads, right? That wouldn't be evil enough.

Moneybags Apple loses $1.2m Italian warranty fine scrap

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They will appeal??

Whatever for? Do they really think they have a chance? Or that it will be worth the lawyers' fees?

...That's like 0.1% of their annual income, that must really smart...

Giant kangaroos wiped out by humans, not climate change

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Cool story

It means we should be able to get rid of dingos, right? ...Right?

El Reg user forum opens to public, HTML for all (mostly)

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Let's see

Thank you very much!

Here is a link to a really good tech site.

HP finally decides the future of the PC: It's a printer accessory

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WTF?

Is this the onion I am reading?

They already did a piece about Apple:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/new-apple-ceo-tim-cook-im-thinking-printers,21207/

Blizzard ponders World of Warcraft for iPad

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WTF?

Processing power??

I remember WoW being rather performance-hungry. Do fondleslabs have that much processing power nowadays? I must be behind the times...

Symbian smacked by Windows Phone

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Re: Isn't this just cherrypicked news?

Pschhh, nobody cares about that. It's not as if that is happening in real countries with real people, now is it...

Samsung opens up the Ice Cream Sandwich

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Devil

Welcome to Korea

Our websites allow both kinds of browser: IE 6, AND IE 8.

So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Eragon

Though arguably, that was the book's fault.

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the Star Wars prequels, so many people seem to hate them.

Also, the Piranha 3d movie... Do not watch it. You would regret it.

Anything from Uwe Boll.

FAA mulls scrapping in-flight iPad, Kindle ban

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Re: Oh the old petrol station turn mobile phones off drama lama

In much of the US, gas stations close during the night, unless there is an employee inside. This was baffling to European me, considering petrol stations over here are regularly open all night. This is not a payment issue, every pump has its card reader. I was told it was for security reasons.

Surprise! Facebook, Twitter still not THAT important for news

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Angel

Thank God!

That is all.

London Mayor Boris grilled on Virgin's Underground penetration

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Coffee/keyboard

Thank you for the headline

A laugh is always welcome.

Apple to reveal plans on Monday for $97.6bn cash hoard

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Re: Good to see

Especially the face of the shareholders!

Yahoo! Facebook! litigation! trips! patent! trigger!

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Re: You're kidding, right?

Shakespeare was right:

The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. — Henry VI, part 2, act 4, scene 2.

Enormous Apple market cap swells and swells ... like a bubble

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Lack of dividend — so what?

I am always surprised by the people who consider that not paying a dividend means it is not possible to make money on the stock.

The point is: IF Apple ever wanted to give back a dividend — which they technically could at any time, even if they prefer not to — they would be able to pay a dividend corresponding to the current stock price. That is enough to justify the stock price.

You might as well wonder why people try to accumulate these little pieces of paper called "money", considering they do not give back a dividend either — and do not even give you a right to anything tangible like a piece of gold. What proves that the barman will be enough of a sucker to accept it in exchange of a beer?

Smartphone users sue Apple, Facebook over mobile app privacy

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Not Google?

"Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and Apple, Foursquare and 13 other prominent social media firms"

Google must be feeling lonely and ignored, they are trying so hard to get in social...

Samsung and LG hit with MASSIVE price fixing fine

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Korea fining its own companies??

What is the world coming to!? Oh... £25 millions only? I guess that'll teach them, then.

Diablo III out on 15 May, pledges Blizzard

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Re: Price...

Maintaining download servers is as expensive as a box with a bunch of CDs, ie 1-2 £... You are paying for the game, not the packaging.

Smartphone owners demand bigger screens

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Galaxy Nexus is 4.65 inches

I will be curious to see if these numbers ever result in a bigger iPhone or not. Apple may be a little bit stuck in their strategy to have only one model. Perhaps they could offer a larger screen, with the same number of pixels so as to avoid fragmentation?

Android clobbers Siri in Japanese... and English

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Re: Politically Correct R Not Us

I rather think that the Japanese feel that talking to Siri is very much like talking to an ass...

FTC subpoenas Apple in Google antitrust case

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A billion a year?

I find the number highly doubtful... The analyst got this result by assuming that TWO THIRDS of what Google pays in traffic acquisition costs is for the iPhone. That would be a hell of a weight just for the iPhone... Considering Google pays $300 millions a year to Mozilla, that would mean about 90% of what Google pays in TAC is just for these two.

Apple iPad sales slip as cheap Android tablet tsunami looms

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Predictions for 2015?

Bullshit research is bullshit.

Future car tech

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Re: SaRtre

I just wish the article could spell the name properly.

Yahoo! fires! patent! lawsuit! at! Facebook!

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Mushroom

Proud to be patent lawyers

H6242 — Kill all the (patent) lawyers.

PayPal slaps down Dr Who ‘charity book’

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Oh boy

He ran afoul of PayPal's Byzantine processes? He's done for. Even Google has better customer service.

How a tiny leap-day miscalculation trashed Microsoft Azure

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Angel

Not the first, not the last...

It is a rare software company that never had an embarrassing leap year bug... This one is still going to follow Microsoft for a while, though.

Apple iPad 3 'retina display' uses Sharp super-high aperture tech

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Angel

Re: Is this only news because the iPad 3 has it?

Ad revenue depends on the number of readers, which depends on the number of times the iPad is mentioned in the article!

Which means that iPad iPad iPad iPad iPad. Also, iPad iPad.

Picture this: Photo-fiddling app Instagram on Google Android

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27 million users and 9 employees?

Color me impressed.

Greenland melt threshold lower than thought

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Joke

If this keeps going on...

Canada may one day become inhabitable!

Judge nixes Apple's bid to patent-bash bankrupt Kodak

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Go

Re: Put the patent lawyers in a big tombola,

H6242 — Kill all the lawyers.

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Re: Preview pics on an LCD screen has a patent?

Welcome! You must be new on planet Earth.

Apple wants ebook price class action suit thrown out

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No market power!

It is quite funny from Apple to claim they had no market power, and so could not have influenced the publishers. A bit like, when the iPhone came out, they clearly did not have any market power, since they were a new entrant and had never sold a phone; so they could not POSSIBLY have forced AT&T to sell the iPhone without carrier branding, and on terms vastly less advantageous than any other phone.

Yet, they clearly did. You have to admire them for that. But I do not think their "we are new entrants without market power" is going to convince anybody.

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