* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Stallman: Did I say Jobs was evil? I meant really evil

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Gimp

iPhans

Nice word.

Disagree in general with the post, though.

RIM faces legal action following service outages

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Facepalm

Great move

Send one of the best companies in your country into massive trouble for $1.25

Apple gets patent for ‘unlock gesture’

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Correct

This patent only covers a sliding icon. I actually don't think there was prior art for this. Digital pads to enter a code are something different. Also, the android swipe-a-shape is not covered by this either.

In fact, it looks to me like no lawsuits should come out of this. Then again, lawyers are known to be irrational when a big payout is involved.

H6242 — Kill all the lawyers.

RIM links with Microsoft for cloud services

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Go

Good move

Indeed RIM and Microsoft are ideal partners for pleasing corp customers.

As long as RIM is not sucked dry by Microsoft in the process, that is. I hope Microsoft realize that RIM still has a much better chance in the mobile market than they do.

Groupon sues ex-sales heads for defection to Google

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Joke

$6m isn't cool.

You know what's cool?

Rockstar officially announces Grand Theft Auto V

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Joke

The up-to-now secret title is

The World of GTACraft!

Microsoft trousers yet more royalties from Android gear

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Rewarding invention

If patents really rewarded invention, that would be good. However, in the current system, when many people independently come up with an idea, only one person gets rewarded by the patent system. All the others get sued or have to pay licenses, and lose all the benefit of their work, even if they did come up with the idea themselves.

This discourages invention, as it is practically impossible to create anything without infringing some patent; to the point that even when an outfit like Google deliberately attempts to create a royalty-free codec, they seem unable to do so.

In a proper system, when people independently come up with an idea, the benefits would be shared between them. Many people having the same idea means the idea is less original, and so should be less rewarded.

Another problem is that fighting a lawsuit is so expensive that even big players like HTC and Samsung have an advantage in licensing a bogus patent rather than fighting it. Never mind small players like Compal Electronics...

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Fat lot of choice they had

Pay up or go bankrupt fighting our lawyers...

Google dumps + from Boolean search tool

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WTF?

Jeez, people get so intense

Google replaces the + by "", and it's like the end of the world...

El Reg in email address blunder

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Pint

Quick, lemme check my never-used-crap-web-based-mail...

Shoot. I am not one of the 3,521... Will you notify the 46,524, so that I know I should change to a further crap account, just for safety?

I think my new address will be: "registerlogin1234@hotmail.com"

World's stealthiest rootkit gets a makeover

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Trollface

This should remove the PITA rootkit:

Step 1: browse to ubuntu.com...

Reg hacks confront really wide Oz load terror

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Headmaster

Apatosauruses!

The post is required, and must contain letters.

Google! mulling! Yahoo! slurp! claims! insider!

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Facepalm

What in the world would Google want to buy Yahoo for??

Oooh, YHOO is up 3% in pre-market today... What a coincidence...

I am reminded of the weekly rumors about Palm being on the verge of being bought by RIM, Nokia, Microsoft, etc. with an bump in the stock every time... And when it was finally bought by HP, nobody saw it coming.

This just in: Brussels shatters CRT cartel

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Coffee/keyboard

cartel of videotape makers just four years ago

You owe me a new keyboard!

As US sinks, Apple sees a glorious future in China

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@Underpants

"Thus far Apple don't seem to have cared much about the Chinese market"

...Sorry, what? Apple started selling the iPhone there in 2009. It is already their second biggest market! You can bet your sweet underpants that they have cared about it.

The reason they care more about the Galaxy Tab than about the iPed is that the Galaxy Tab is actually a comparable product in quality. Nobody would think that of an iPed.

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@Exactly: Well, duh

How much do you think is the loss of market share to the iPed and aPad, compared to the Galaxy Tab?

Euro fraud cops crush garlic tax evaders

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WTF?

I'm curious

Why is there a specific duty of €1,200 per tonne on garlic??

@David Pollard: I am no specialist, but distinguishing two closely related species might be significantly harder than detecting completely unrelated species...

RIM lifts skirt, flashes 'new' OS at devs

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Unhappy

Poor BBM

So fast up, down so quick. It 's like nobody thinks they have a chance anymore.

Robot resolves Rubik's Cube in record time

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Could be even faster, actually

The first 1.2 seconds is spent just turning the cube around, probably to catch all six sides in a single camera... with properly placed mirrors, this could be shaved off!

Apple iPhone 4S

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WTF?

So what?

You think web sites have to pick a side, and declare their everlasting allegiance to one cult?

The Reg has many contributors, who undoubtedly have very different opinions. I for one prefer it if the editors do not enforce purity of dogma across the board, thankyouverymuch.

4chan founder bashes Facebook, Google+ on identity

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Partially agree

I am not certain that complete anonymity is important, but having distinct, separate identities does matter to me, e.g. for business and friends.

I want to be able to post pictures of my holidays in a place that is not side-by-side with my business messages. Google+ circles is only the first step towards this; for instance, it does not (yet) allow to put different profile pictures for different circles.

Dell signals Windows 8 fondleslab range

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Trollface

Yeah, that'll work...

How about giving the money back to the shareholders, Michael?

Samsung takes another hit in patent punch-up

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Devil

Indeedy indeed

People who are commissioned by Microsoft to conduct a study on patents can hardly claim to be independent anymore...

...Not that his previous attacks on Google left much doubt.

ICANN rescues time zone database

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Go

Good

It is sad that you need to be an organization such as ICANN to dare take the bluff of such a ridiculous lawsuit.

H2646 – Kill all the lawyers.

Wall Street protest app Vibe is secure enough, cries dev

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Happy

Not in Switzerland

A group used to follow the police around and place themselves 50 meters before with large signs...

Virus infects killer US air drone fleet

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FAIL

Disappointing

Is this the best that the US can do? "We have viruses on our top-notch weapons and we can't get rid of them"?

I assume they have been cutting corners on security measures in the rush to bring drones to combat, but still...

Biker gang plunders Covent Garden Apple Store

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Headmaster

Right actor, wrong movie...

Pulp Fiction

Microsoft gets trademark for retail store plans

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Facepalm

First thing is to trademark it

We lose money for a few years, then some schmuck will build a store that looks like ours... Then we can sue him for millions! Millions! Muhahaha!!

Google hits the boozer with own brand of beer

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Pint

Better than Carlsberg?

Not taking risks, are you?

Anyway, TGIF! I'm off.

Intellectual Ventures wages patent war on Motorola

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Mushroom

Funny...

How 500 M$ patents bring 2 G$... There is a 75% chance that the courts will invalidate them, I guess...

H6242 — Kill all the lawyers.

Samsung seeks bans on the iPhone 4S

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Devil

More money to the wrong people...

H6242 – Kill all the lawyers

iPhone 5 a no-show at Apple's 'Let's talk iPhone' event

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So what have we learned today?

Pundits predicting Apple announcements are shit. I wonder if they feel ashamed of their naked linkbaiting.

Google open sources JavaScript testing tools

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WTF?

"Deflecting attention"?

For the life of me, I can't see what media would be distracted from whatever they are doing by something as obscure as the open sourcing of JavaScript testing tools. Seriously, about 1% of the population understands what this is about, and a much smaller percentage actually cares.

Logitech AV Stand

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Trollface

Corners have been CUT??

That means rounded corners, then?

Android's scariest nightmare: resurgently sexy Microsoft

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Stop

I think the Reg disproved your argument

I have seen regularly Microsoft ads on the Reg. And don't tell me they are kind with Microsoft.

OnStar backs down over GPS tracking of ex-customers

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FAIL

Well, duh

Like anybody was going to like that...

US tops the class in IT competitiveness

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WTF?

"...and its well-developed legal system..."

And how exactly is that a positive thing for IT?

H6242 – Kill all the lawyers.

Microsoft to skim Samsung Android takings

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Microsoft wants to kill cell phone makers

The same way it killed desktop makers. Soon, only Apple will be making money at this game.

Amazon intros $199 movie Kindle

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Poor Samsung

The Galaxy Tab looks overpriced in comparison... Ok, so the Fire does not have 3G.

Still, it must be hard for other android tablets makers when Amazon launches a loss leader.

Should your system offer Mr, Ms ... and Mx?

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"Yes – No – It's complicated"

Names also have a tendency to follow no rules...

All these problems will only disappear when we are all identified by a 20-digit number.

Facebook: 'We don't track logged-out users'

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Devil

When caught, deny

Well, it might be that they do not actually USE these cookies to track you. But why do they exist, then? Is that a "bug"?

Drinking alcohol wards off asthma

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I'll drink to that!

Cheers!

Google Wallet and PayPal in electro-purse war

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My paypal account got locked

With my money inside. Needless to say, I was never able to get customer support to do anything about it.

If I ever use an NFC payment system, it sure as hell will not be paypal.

45% of Android users to upgrade to rival phone OSes

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FAIL

How about some source with your article?

The words "research shows" without precision on which research is another way to say "a guy at the pub told me".

Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

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60 nanoseconds = 18 meters

It is easier for me to believe that their lab is 18 meters closer to Geneva than they thought. I believe they are measuring it with GPS.

Apple sued for iPhone, iPad chip 'patent rip-off'

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Mushroom

When will it stop??

H6242 - Kill the lawyers

Facebook 'personal' news feed gets algorithm rejig

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Pint

"Glasgow kiss chase"

Wonderful expression!

Samsung may try to block next iPhone in Europe too

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Mushroom

The first thing we do

H2642 – Let's kill all the lawyers

Microsoft 'paid over £1m to silence UK exec over sexism'

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Level 65??

They have 65 and more levels of hierarchy at Microsoft? PLEASE tell me this is a joke!

Royal rugby star bar snog CCTV upload - bouncer in court

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Coat

Kissed on the head?

Which head?

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