* Posts by ratfox

3439 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Suicidal Foxconn workers talked down from factory roof

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Major of Wuhan?

Is that a military organization?

Google merging more personal data into search results

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Results from other, dominant, social networks

I think this mostly depends on the willingness of those networks... No?

Apple, RIM deny claims of data backdoor for Indian government

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Stop

Two words

Court order.

As long as the company has presence in the country, the data is within reach of the government.

Intel ignores Steve Jobs, adds touchscreen to Ultrabook

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Trackpad for me, thanks

After using a MacBook for a few years, I find using a mouse a comparative waste of time, going back and forth from the mouse to the keyboard.

Similarly, I don't believe in touch screens for laptops, because moving the hand across the screen is simply too time-consuming and tiring.

iPad SURVIVES FALL FROM SPACE

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Boffin

@Steve Evans: Sorry, weight does very much come into it

Terminal velocity is attained when the force of gravity is equal to the force of friction (i.e. the sum of forces is zero). It is correct that the force of friction does not depend on weight. However, the force of gravity does depend on weight – and so a heavy object will have to fall faster for both forces to be equal. Since the force of friction is roughly proportional to the square of speed, an object that is say four times heavier with the same surface will have a terminal velocity twice as fast.

That is, terminal velocity is the solution of the speed variable in this equation:

9.81 * weight = constant * surface * speed^2

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Paris Hilton

Shirley he meant...

The guys doing the test would never have told anybody about it?

Apple shoots for Premier League soccer streaming rights

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Trollface

That cannot be possible

If the word had been invented on this side of the pond, it would be called soccre, as in center and centre. Or possibly, souccre, as in color and colour.

BlackBerry PlayBook in US price plummet

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Go

Amazon gets it

They see no problem with having a loss leader.

Apple accused of starving French reseller of hot stock

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Is this illegal?

Genuinely, I don't know the answer.

Apart from that, well, it's Apple. What did they expect?

Apple land-grabs fuel cells for mobiles

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Yeah, but this patent is for powering stuff with rouned corners

Completely novel and innovative. According to the USPTO.

Chinese confirm Beidou satnav system is operational

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WTF?

"providing location data and SMS messaging"

...Wait, what? SMS messaging? What the hell is this doing in a satellite system? Do they plan to make the system profitable by overcharging 10 pennies for a handful of bytes transferred?

Reg review of 2011: Jobs, floaters and 90,000 tons of radioactive water

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Pint

That will be 36 Olympic swimming pools

Please stick to proper Reg-approved units!

Hidden Dragon: The Chinese cyber menace

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Trollface

China creating loads of patents? Good!

Maybe the US will finally get around to reforming patents, then... When it is in their interest.

Lumia sales fail to set world alight

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WTF?

Lumia top-selling phone?

[citation needed]

Ofcom maps out what 'psychics' are allowed to do on TV

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Trollface

It is how still fine...

To show a Christian mass on TV.

Neighbours not Liking Facebook's new campus

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Trollface

There goes the neighborhood! etc.

Maybe they should install a toll charge for transit vehicles?

Oracle hammered as hardware sales soften

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Joke

It's okay

The legal department is going to be more and more profitable going forward.

Tempt tech talent without Googlesque mega perks

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I would like to point a difference between Google and JP Morgan

Google and Facebook do not ask applicants to already have 5 years experience in Hadoop. They know that people can learn.

Google needs a very thorough frisking, say antitrust senators

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Angel

They have a point

As much as I like Google, and as much as I think they are not unduly pushing their good products over other people's crap, they certainly are in a position that could allow them to do so.

Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(

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Facepalm

That would be patent EP1215867

There cannot be many patents that contain a table with examples such as (^3^)-* or (o)(o).

It does seem that the iPhone's emoticon keyboard (yes, there is one) does something very similar to what is described in the patent (for once quite easy to read).

Of course, maybe the discussion should rather be about why a patent was granted on such a system. /sarcasm

BT's gift to Google: A patent war over ads and Android

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Stop

They check? I doubt it

In the US, over 100'000 patents are granted each year. That is roughly 400 patents per work day. Assuming you can read a patent in five minutes, that is eight people who do nothing but check patents. And somehow they have to know what the whole company is doing and find out if this particular patent is breached ­– which should take days of work to a patent lawyer to have an opinion on. Now tell me again that there are companies who check for all possible patents they might infringe upon.

It does not help that patents are generally written in a language that engineers do not understand:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/13/microsoft_employee_patent_ignorance_is_bliss/

So realistically, it is impossible to both have the engineering knowledge to create a new product, and the legal knowledge to find out on what patents you are infringing; even though you can be almost certain that no matter what you do, you are infringing on some of them.

Zombie Microsoft antitrust case shuffles to retrial

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Facepalm

Oh God

The system needs to change. I don't see how it can keep working if juries are expected to make a call on things that happened FIFTEEN years ago.

Nearest supernova since 1986 blasts boffin off her chair

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Angel

It's a miracle we exist, innit?

See title.

The Google Review: Now Speak Your Brains

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Stop

Producing a product

You cannot ask for that, especially with pharmaceutical companies. Very often, small companies can develop a new product, but do not have the infrastructure to produce and sell it in any profitable way.

Nokia lightens Dark Knight with Batman blower

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Trollface

Q: Why were only 40 produced?

A: They did a study of the market demand for Nokia WinPhones beforehand...

Woz's key to success: Burn the tie, wear T-shirts to work

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Sports team?

An anti-creative force?

...I am smelling bad memories from college.

Wikipedia simplifies article editing for world+dog

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Boffin

What about equations?

The current use of LaTeX practically ensures that the contributor has to have a university education in a hard science...

Windows Phones message hub hit by killer SMS

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Trollface

Exclusivity?

You feel that having a rare phone makes you special?

...Sorry, but it feels like you are compensating for something. What are you trying to prove to yourself?

Higgs boson hunters have god particle in their sights

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Joke

@You mean: Obligatory reference

"One million electron-volts is not cool. You know what's cool? One billion electron-volts."

Nokia exec: Young fashonistas 'fed up' with iPhone

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Trollface

This is called the Coué method

"Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better."

Man fights felony hacking charge for accessing wife's email

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Paris Hilton

Intellectual property? *snort*

I guess married couple cannot claim invasion of privacy, so they went to the next level. I'm surprised they are not charging him with infringing the copyright of her password.

Tablets to outship regular notebooks by 2016

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WTF?

Ultra... book...?

What is this new species?

Secrets of the asteroid belt: Vesta actually more like a planet

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Boffin

Whatever

I would prefer not to be marooned off of it.

Boffing boffins create 3D map of orgasmic female brain

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Happy

That was hot

Best tagline ever

Google set to begin appeal against Italian guilty verdicts

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If it comes to that...

It will be far easier for the company to leave the country altogether. After leaving China, I doubt that they would hesitate for Italy.

Swiss insist file-sharers don't hurt copyright holders

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Angel

Yes, as long as...

You manage to steal food AND live it where it was at the same time.

RIM swallows $485m charge to clear PlayBook tablet mountain

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Unhappy

Poor RIM

I wish them well, but I don't have much hope.

RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook rooted

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Coat

"unleash tool to penetrate tablet"?

That's all you can find? Come on, I'm sure you can do better than that!

Apple files avatar automation, emotion patents

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Mushroom

Here we go: Prior art! Not novel! Stupid USPTO!

Yadda yadda yadda

PayPal founder helps steer super geek cruiser

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Meh

This article would be better with a link, and if possible a picture of the cruiser

Yes, I know Google exists, but I would like the journalist to do the effort for me. I'm selfish that way.

FCC slams AT&T and T-Mobile union

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Joke

Seriously?

The merger was not going to create jobs after all? Colour me surprised!

Mars rover Curiosity autographed by Obama

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Alien

Is this really a good idea?

DEAR CLARA MA,

I AM THE WIDOW OF DICEASED LAAAPR14, RULER OF VICTORIA CRATER. I AM CONTACTING YOU ABOUT A SUM OF 1,000,000,000 (BILLION) ZPTS LEFT TO ME BY MY HUSBAND BEFORE THE REBELS INVADED OUR GIANT CAVE....

Yahoo! and! Sony! tuck! into! interactive! multimedia! ads!

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Unhappy

Paying people to watch ads

Somehow, this feels wrong in all kinds of way...

China overtakes US as world’s biggest smartphone market

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"People know what is smartphone and how to use it thanks to Apple"

"The iPhone is kind of a catalyst for the Chinese smartphone market."

Honestly, I would say it happened the same way in US when the iPhone first came out.

iPhone 4S is for failures who work in coffee shops - Samsung

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Go

Beat me to it

I hope to see more ads like this one — in both directions!

Russian diplomat caught driving while 15 TIMES over booze limit

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Pint

Your data is too old

Switzerland went down to 0.5% years ago.

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Pint

Well, obviously...

We need a new unit: One Russian diplomat = 3g/l.

For instance, Guinness has an alcohol rating of 14 Russian diplomats.

FCC slips dagger into AT&T, T-Mobile merger

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Stop

I have yet to hear...

Of a merger that created jobs.

Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish

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Devil

£50 says it is bullcrap.

Any takers?

Microsoft and Samsung uncloak slimmer Surface

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I started reading, thinking this was about a tablet

...Until my eyes fell on "45kg". Quite a shock. That said, it looks cool. I want it to work like that thing in the last James Bond, though.

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