* Posts by ratfox

3461 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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

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Angel

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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Joke

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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WTF?

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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FAIL

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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Unhappy

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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Alien

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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Gimp

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.

'Regrouping' Android tablet makers extend Apple reign

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Re: being pedantic i know

The only problem is that now, we have an iPad which is newer than the iPad 2. They should come up with a generic way to call the iPad from last year, since they still sell it, only cheaper. I would suggest "the old iPad", but I doubt Apple would accept it.

Google to app devs: Use our pay system ... OR ELSE

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Devil

Money, money...

Why 30%? Just because Apple asks for the same?

I would have demanded 20%, if only to claim to be cheaper...

Apple to Google Maps: ‘Get lost’

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I hope Apple keeps Google maps for directions

Especially for public transport. Having accurate info about which train/bus combination is the best at each time of the day is a life saver.

3D: 10% of LCD TVs in 2011, 25% in 2012

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Devil

So...

The industry is basically bumping prices by forcing people to buy a feature they don't want. Well played.

Hands on with the Apple iPad 3

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Gimp

Apple icon

This is the one you are looking for, I think. Seriously, I think that is the idea.

STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

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Coat

Re: or maybe laying on the chaise longue

Yeah, who's getting laid on the chaise longue?

Eric Schmidt flicks INTERSTELLAR TOWEL at top tech fair

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Coffee/keyboard

Yeah, I think he blew it on the last paragraph.

Lego space shuttle hits 114,000ft

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Alien

It will never descend...

It will fly away, free and unfettered, discover new worlds, strange dark planets under binary stars, off the shoulder of Orion...

FSF fandroids fight to 'free' Android from Google's forepaws

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Angel

Stallman's definition of "truly free"...

Is the one that puts MORE constraints on the developer than Apache's definition. I have always thought this slightly strange.

They say "Free as in free speech, not as in free beer." Maybe this should be "free as in free love". That would better represent the fact that the code is never really yours.

Is Google liable for unlawful web graffiti on its walls?

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Barking mad

There are official web sites that are legally mandated to display the information — and Google would be legally mandated to pretend these web sites do not exist.

It never ends: TV exposé tags new Android privacy howler

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Re: I don't get it

...Or does it even mean these apps COULD BE doing it, who knows?

If they really found apps that played fast and loose with the user data, I'm sure Google would remove them from their app store, but somehow, Channel 4 have decided not say exactly what the apps do, or even name the apps that they found to be misbehaving. Can we get some DETAILS?

Now Apple opens fire on EPAD trademark in China

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Happy

That would be difficult

...considering iRobot is the name of a company that sells vacuum cleaners, and is completely unrelated to Apple...

Top Gun 2: It's happening - and the choice of star is stirring controversy

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Black Helicopters

Completely unrealistic

Hollywood would never allow the US flag to be shredded on camera.

MWC: Inscrutable slogans, Google toys and the invisible Apple

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Gimp

Reporter's opinion?

Apple is the biggest company in the world, in case you did not get the memo. Became bigger than Exxon a while ago. They also make more money than any company at the show, AND have more money in the bank than all these companies put together.

Inside Eric Schmidt's brain: Holodecks, robo-cars and jail bandwidth

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Devil

Why Google is more criticised

Google is perceived as more powerful. Apart from privacy problems, Facebook still feels mostly harmless in comparison. I think the reason Microsoft used to be so hated was also related to the strength of its monopoly more than the faults of its products.

Stop snubbing top scientists' advice, Lords tell MPs

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Mushroom

Placebo != Homeopathy

Placebo is having a sugar pill and charging it the cost of the sugar.

Homeopathy is having a sugar pill and charging it 100 times the cost of sugar.

See why the pharmaceutical industry is pushing for homeopathy?

Apple snags blockbuster multi-touch patent

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They do have the money

To buy just about 50% of Google. Though normally, you would need a hefty surcharge to actually buy it. Oh yeah, I'm afraid that'll need approval from regulators...

Mobile net kingpins v the world: 'Why should we pay the 4G tab?'

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Devil

I don't know how they managed it but...

Telcos are the most hated players in the industry. For instance, I believe consumers would in general prefer their NFC system to be managed by anybody – Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Visa, even the banks – rather than the telcos.

Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters

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Mushroom

Correlation... over four years!?

Kill it with fire. This is not a scientific paper, it is bullshit.

Yahoo! threatens! Facebook! with! patent! spanking!

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Devil

Re: Re: They've had years

IIRC, you have to defend trademarks to keep them, but not patents.

In fact, you can look at a new company infringe your patent, wait until they build their whole system on the idea, and then threaten a fully-fledged company that has stakes and high switching costs rather than a small start-up that would just rewrite their code or fold.

Telcos gang up to snatch in-app cash from Google, Apple

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Devil

Good luck

Convincing people to give money to telcos rather than Google and Apple? Good luck.

They'll need it. I for one will take some convincing.

IT staffers on ragged edge of burnout and cynicism

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Devil

Which country is that?

It took me until the very bottom of the article to learn the results were presented in SF. Does this means the study was donein US, in California, in the world?

Proview's Apple iPad rights war goes global, reaches ESSEX

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Happy

Apple is not competing with Proview

For the good reason that Proview is not selling anything.

EC: 'Friends-only' natter not subject to 'right to be forgotten'

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WTF?

What is the point, then?

Does this not allow Facebook to keep pretty much everything?

Handbags at dawn: Hermes loses Chinese trademark battle

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Angel

Seriously?

You are a lucky married man, or single. Them things are expensive.

Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

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Unhappy

Standard Android problem

Every single app asks for every other permission on the book, and there is no way to remove these permissions selectively.

Secret high-security Chinese shipments point to iPad 3 exports

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"Secret coded memo from Apple to Foxconn said to discuss characteristics of iPad 4"

The iPad 4 is widely expected to start sales around March 2013. According to people who have seen the memo, the iPad may include new features, such as an additional side button and a Kinect-like function allowing to type using sign language. Possibly. And, lessee, a more efficient battery. And a second version with a smaller form factor.

...Oh yeah, Apple refused to comment on rumors and speculation.

Wikileaks regains relevance with Stratfor doc-drop

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Impressive list of newspapers

...not. Do mainstream newspapers refuse to talk to Wikileaks, or does Wikileaks refuse to talk with mainstream newspapers? I actually like my leaks with some professional journalism in it.

Google Goggle glasses ARE WATCHING YOU

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Hang on

1) Has Google even said anything about Google goggles?

2) Do we really need to give them ideas about how to track even more stuff??

Apple chief thinks about his MOUNTAIN OF CASH a lot

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I approve...

of Olympic swimming pools as a measure of money.

Apple files patent for 'polished meteorite' keyboard

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Crap patent...

But at least, it is not a software patent.

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