* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

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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Stop

@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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Go

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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Go

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.

Gartner: Ultrabooks aren't tickling anyone's fancy

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Paris Hilton

Very little understanding and awareness of Ultrabooks

Count me in that lot. The Ultrawhat?

I'm curious what name they will invent next. Newbook? Coolbook? Webbook? Cloudbook?

Go Daddy not liable for cybersquatting, US court rules

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FAIL

Too much legalese... Can't... Think...

Seriously, would it be possible to explain in less detail, but more clearly? Half of the paragraphs in the article are direct quotes from the ruling. I can understand that courts need to use such language, but the Reg does not. Would you report a new scientific discovery by quoting half of the original article?

"A claim for contributory cybersquatting does not exist under the circumstances of this case, as a company providing an internet routing service does not exercise the type of direct control and monitoring that would justify recognition of a contributory infringement claim"

Why force this on your readers?

Google attacks Twitter's search bias claim

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Devil

Indeed, Twitter is hypocritical on this one

This would be rather equivalent to Apple bitching that Microsoft is refusing to pay them for having a Windows version of iTunes. If Twitter really wants their feed to be included, they can offer it for free. It is downright bizarre to claim that Google is "choosing" not to include Twitter results.

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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@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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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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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.

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