* Posts by ratfox

3442 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Music fans not welcome in RIAA-backed .music

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I hope it costs them a lot of money

And I wish them as much success as the .name TLD.

Why Amazon, eBay and Google are building bricks-and-mortar stores

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Devil

Afraid not

They have to pay sales taxes in brick and mortar stores.

Google pushes your buttons in its top strip bar - AGAIN

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Relax, it's still there

Search what you want, then click "Shopping" on the left...

Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years

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Meh

Wow

You Brits might consider just implanting a spy chip in your neck, it would be easier.

Eolas falls at first hurdle in bid to tax browser apps

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Pint

Woohooo!

Everyone have a beer on me!

Coming to a continent near you: America

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Megaphone

STOP IT!

Stop the continental drift!

Quarter of Wolfram Alpha brainteasers come from Siri

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Title seems correct

For all we know, Wolfram Alpha could provide anything from 1% to 90% of Siri's answers.

US Navy preps railgun for tests

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Trollface

Hang on...

You mean that BAE is actually producing something of value, and the American Navy is interested?

Oh right, the article was not written by Lewis.

Apple Stores getting petitions on ethical conduct for breakfast

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I am shocked, shocked, by the poor work conditions!

How dare they use the same suppliers as the rest of the industry? Or all other industries, for that matter?

iOS 5 'crashes more apps' than Android

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"Why didn't they give data for Windows phone?"

"My WinPhone never crashes ever ever it is the best thing I ever had and I just signed up to tell you how great it is and you should try it"

C'mon, astroturfers, do your job...

Second 'Blue Marble' NASA sat pic apes Apollo 17's stunner

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Joke

That is because...

They took the picture at night!

Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 DNA splice is on - report

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WTF?

@alexh2o: "Windows Phone is completely different to Windows 8"

Did you read the same article as I did?

Euro watchdog asks Google to HALT privacy tweak

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Childcatcher

"what this really means for the safety of our families and our children"

Wow... Privacy policies are serious business. Thank god somebody thinks of the children!

Apple FileVault cracked in under an hour by forensics biz

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Optimistic

Pick only one.

Judges retire to consider Assange’s last chance on extradition

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Pfft

You may argue many points about the case, but this one seems hardly worth the time of the supreme court. I can only think they agreed to hear the case out of a desire to ostensibly give Assange™ the possibility to exhaust all possible recourses.

It is very likely that he will have spent more time on appeals than in Swedish jails.

Obama refuses to respond to MPAA bribery claim petition

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FAIL

Reword the petition, and start again...

Easy to fix.

Facebook files for IPO, seeks $5bn

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Boffin

Regulations are the point

They have to show their data, whether they do an IPO or not. They have too many shareholders to keep it secret. They don't have a choice.

As for raising more cash, what for? Considering they have $3Bn on hand and are not using it, what would they do with more? Buy random companies for the lulz?

Microsoft ad campaign savages Google over privacy

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Happy

"Not as evil as the other guy!"

What a great tag line

Court defies Apple demand to ban Samsung tablet

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Flame

Let the patents be ripped off!

Burn them in the streets! Dance around the fire!

RIM's cartoon superheroes inspire caustic Tweet-storm

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Happy

Oh come on, it's not that bad

I mean, compare to the London Olympics... The logo AND the mascots...

US judge rejects Oracle's fraud claim against HP

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Happy

Good, good

Oracle cannot lose enough lawsuits for my taste.

Google dings missive to lawmakers: 'We're misunderstood'

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Account deletion

Considering the number of accounts that get hacked into, with the hacker then deleting all messages, I actually want Google to hold on to the data for a few weeks after deletion...

Google lets youngsters in to Google+. Officially, that is

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Paris Hilton

ZitFaceBook?

What is the Zit about? Do you mean pimpled teenagers? But Facebook already allows teenagers to join.

Apple takes smartphone lead

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Angel

Google was hit relatively likely?

That spelling was unlikely, though.

Google Maps to dish out disaster alerts

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WTF?

Google tried to claw back the moral high ground...

Huh? Is this a soap opera? "Oh no, they found out about our nefarious plans! Quick, do something good to distract them!"

Apple tops estimates with earnings leap of 118 per cent

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Boffin

@foxton

If you think that android phones overselling iPhones means roughly the same amount of profits, you haven't been paying attention. Apple's margins are way above the rest of the industry.

MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

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Facepalm

Now that is shooting yourself in the foot!

Though as a former Senator who got a cushy job in the industry he had protected, he must know what he is talking about...

Plus is king now: Google shutters more products

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Shirley you mean

In the hall of the Mountain View King?

Pom-pom-pom-pom-po-po-pom, po-po-pom, po-po-pom...

'Hannibal' leaks '100,000 Facebook logins'

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Pissing contest

Somehow, I find it slightly less amusing between pro- and anti-Israel than between anonymous and the Church of Happyology.

Romanian who hacked NASA spared cooler stint

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Trollface

No jail in Rumania, god knows what in the US...

...Or in the UK, since he would undoubtedly be extradited to the US.

Windows Phone to overtake iOS in 2015

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Trollface

Apple does not care

They will still make 90% of the profits in the market

Quantum physics to encrypt clouds of the future - boffins

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Paris Hilton

You mean that it is actually practically possible?

So far, the only true quantum computing stuff I had heard about was that one where they factorized 15. Using a vat full of chemical products.

American search team fails to find women's G-spot

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Joke

Well, natch

Google fails again to deliver G-spot. Apple will soon come out with their competing iSpot, and everybody will find it!

Hold on a sec - leap seconds granted a last-minute reprieve

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Do seconds really matter?

Couldn't we wait until there is, say, a difference of one hour, then simply skip one daylight-saving change?

Google shares tank after disappointing financial report

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FAIL

Oh please

Remove your blinkers: the OSM thing is a blip causing by one or two guys acting on their own. Google itself has nothing to do with it. OSM just jumped at a publicity.

SOPA is dead. Are you happy now?

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FAIL

IP of Les Miserables??

Victor Hugo has been dead for over a century, and you can stage Les Miserables whenever you want. You can also copy paintings of Van Gogh, down to the last detail, signature included and sell them... As long as you do not claim they are originals.

Woz praises Android, blasts iPhone limitations

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Point in case

When I install something on my computer, I can block it from accessing the internet. And why would a Sudoku app access the SD card anyway??

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@Security is 100%

Erm: In practice, that means that almost every app from Angry birds to wallpapers asks for every permission in the book. So yeah, you can refuse to install these apps... if you don't want to have any apps on your phone.

Try to find, say, a Sudoku app that asks for NO permissions. Go ahead, I'll wait.

German ISP doesn't have to block foreign 'illegal' betting sites

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Childcatcher

You mean, this icon?

Right?

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Pint

Sense prevails

That is not always the case. Cheers!

Chocolate Factory moves into the fridge

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Paris Hilton

Can patent holders withhold licensing?

Ie, is it possible to patent an idea, and then refuse to let anybody use that idea? Or, say, ask for a gajillion per second for the license (assuming it is not FRAND)?

Genuinely interested. Logic would dictate it is not, but then again, patents and logic do not mix well.

Boffins quarrel over ridding world of leap seconds

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Angel

No centrifugal force?

A laughable claim, Mister Bond, perpetuated by overzealous teachers of science. Simply construct Newton's laws into a rotating system and you will see a centrifugal force term appear as plain as day.

NSA constructs hardened Android, unleashes it on world

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Angel

Released the code?

Lawsuit coming from Oracle in 3... 2... 1...

Skype is coming to Windows Phone - really

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@tin hat

I think that would clearly go into antitrust domain... Leveraging Skype's market share to pull W7 adoption.

Angry Brides lob stilettos in dowry shakedown takedown

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Good, good

The dowry practice is especially nonsensical now that eligible brides are becoming scarce, what with the skewed gender ratio in births and whatnot.

Apple iPad 3 to sport LTE '4G'

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Apple iPad to come in five colors!

Tangerine, Bondi Blue, Strawberry, Sage and Flower Power...

Apple iPad to have $CLICK_BAIT feature!

Apple iPad to have $SUCKERS feature, etc.

Kenyan startup claims Google 'scalped' its data after staging a STING

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Devil

Tsk, tsk...

Claiming fake business relationships? Spreading FUD? Bad Google. Will it be blamed again on a subcontractor?

Android devs get schooled on style

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I would say that if you find it boring...

You're doing it wrong.

More generally, you need to live with nongratifying jobs.

Apple, Amazon and Google take lazy punters hostage

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brands are losing their hold on consumers

I for one will not complain about this...

The "sloth" argument sounds a lot like: these winning companies are offering a good customer experience! And it actually works! Who would have thunk it?

Google's social search mash gets EPIC FAIL

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You can still do that, it is just hidden

Click on the link you do not want, then click "back" right away. The results page now contains a link proposing you to block all results from that site.

I guess they thought having a link on every result made the page too cluttered.

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