* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Apple pilfers rips off student's rejected iPhone app

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copyright, not patent

Really? As far as I understand, copyright is only infringed if they directly lift his code. As long as they only copy his idea, and rewrite a program that works exactly the same way (being careful to write the code from scratch, and not modifying his code), there is no copyright problem.

IANAL, of course.

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Lack of patent

Not patented = up for grabs!


iTunes Match is iPiracy, claims loopy Oz industry troll

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No, it is not a codec.

From now on, I will promote the abbreviation in the title for the quote in Henry The Sixth, Part 2 Act 4, scene 2:

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

Apple 'spaceship' awaits landing clearance in Cupertino

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Seriously, is there anyway a sane city council would refuse a plan like that? I believe that Apple would easily have got the authorization with only half as much glitter, and without even having Saint Steve come hit them with the ol' reality distortion field.

Speck SeeThru MacBook Air cover

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Sorry, what?

What is this? A review or an advertisement?

What is the point of a "review" that only displays pictures?

Had the old "dead reg" icon still been available, it would have accompanied this post.

Antimatter hangs around at CERN

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10E100 is not 10 to the power of 100. It is ten times 1E100, and 1E100 is 10 to the power of 100.

For instance, 1E111 is ten to the power of eleventy-one. Right?

Apple hit by new competition complaint as iCloud launches

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How are they going to establish that their app is *unfairly* delayed?

They might also have to establish that Apple has to accept third-party apps, which does not seem a given to me. After all, if Apple had said from the beginning they did not accept third-party apps at all, the iPad would probably not be as successful, but I doubt anybody could claim it was anticompetitive behavior.

Chinese teen flogs kidney to buy iPad

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Aaaand that makes 50 upvotes!

Have a cold on me, too.

California set to impose 'Amazon Tax'

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@Read much

Do tell, what is the big difference between "use tax" and "sales tax" that make his comment to be invalid? You may think it is obvious, but most people probably believe the distinction to be purely semantic.

Nokia: When pigeons fly home to roast

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Jumping out of the sinking boat

We all knew that Nokia was in trouble... but why MICROSOFT?

Does anyone believe that Nokia would have been considered so doomed, had they gone for the Android route?

Still do not know what the M$ icon is supposed to represent.

China goes on attack over Google phishing claims

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"The claims of so-called Chinese state support for hacking are completely fictitious and have ulterior motives."

I do not recall Google ever said the attacks were supported by the Chinese STATE; merely that they originated in China. Why are they so defensive? Tsk, tsk...

1) It did not happen

2) We did not do it

3) You cannot prove we did it

Mac trojan evades Apple's brand new security fix

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That one needs to be installed, right?

I suppose the users need to click on "OK" after the message "this application has been downloaded from the internet, do you want to proceed?"

Mac users will have to learn to read, then...

Canadian prof: Wikipedia makes kids study harder

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I am not surprised in the least that the students are less than motivated when their work is just to be read by their professor before joining the big pile of paper in the sky. I remember very well the feeling of futility that accompanied each and every one of my essays. the goal very quickly becoming to fill the required number of pages with wide margins and large handwriting.

I dare say I put more effort in this single post than in many assignments. Just because you people are reading it.

US Supremes add 'willful blindness' to patent law

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This ruling makes it harder, not easier, to claim you did not know about the patent. Though it still leaves the possibility that you are in good faith.

Apple nemesis sues iOS, Mac, and Android devs

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I really really hope Lodsys loses...

I don't even wish them ill, but if they win, it will soon be impossible to put three lines of code together on ANY device without breaking eleventyone patents. Especially with the way the USPTO seems to grant patents without bothering to check for prior art, relying instead on the courts to sort the chaff from the wheat.

I have the sinking feeling that somebody is running the following script:

while (<PATENT_DB>) {

s/cell phone/tablet/;

apply_for_patent $_;


Apple sues teenager for white iPhone conversion kits

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Now, what is the Windows user icon about??

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Lord post

I assume that is why Apple dropped the lawsuit right away. Either they realized how bad it would look, or they just filed it to make a point in the first place: "If we wanted to, we could sue you into oblivion."

From what I understand, only the Apple logo and the iPhone trademark make it illegal; but the infringement is as clear as it could be.

I still don't get what the fanboy icon is supposed to represent.

Reg hack applauds asinine augmentation

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Byte, Bluetooth...



Rampaging Android takes over Main Street America

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Thanks, I'll stay with IKEA

No Swedish icon... Tux will have to do (I know, finnish)

Zuckerberg labels Ceglia lawsuit a 'brazen, outrageous fraud'

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All of them?

That means my work contract is invalid then. Damn.

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This may be the most high-profile case of doctored contract ever. I wonder what will come out of it. What would happen if we realized that this system of apposing a signature to the bottom of a contract is laughably insecure? (insert long ramble about credential theft, etc.)

Windows user icon, I want to see what it looks like.

Microsoft gets five bucks for every HTC Android phone

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And how much for iPhones?

<--- what is this icon supposed to represent? I am clueless

Billionaire Zuckerberg kills to eat

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I believe you should only use a computer you have built yourself

So as to appreciate all the hard work that went into it.

Drink 8 bottles of wine, you'll be unharmed if hit by Mike Tyson

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Well-known fact

To all players of World of Warcraft. Drink alcohol, and the level of enemies drops. Scientifically proven.

Zuckerberg: Give me your children

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We don't need any steenkin Facebook

Ok, I am on the wrong side of 30, so I'm an old foggy. Cheers

Judgment Day prophet resets doomsday clock

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Judgement day is TODAY!!!

Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold.

The flames of Hell are upon us!

Rapture postponed as world inexplicably fails to end

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Not quite

From what the articles say, at least 3 people believed it. There are less than 3 billions Christians in the world. So no more than 99.9999999% of Christians didn't think there was going to be an Armageddon on Saturday – instead of 99.9999999999999% like you claimed.

If you use science as argument, obey it!

Apple, Amazon trademark spat turns surreal

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Lawyers should be executed on sight

"Apple denies that, based on their common meaning, the words 'app store' together denote a store for apps"

Is that intended to be a factual statement? How can these people live with themselves? What did they smoke??

LinkedIn goes ballistic following IPO

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Jobs Halo

Encouraging speculation?

You would think they would split their stock in that case. A stock price over $300 is hardly friendly to speculation.

IMO, Apple is not giving a dividend because they believe they can still grow. They are using a fair share of their cash to ensure they have enough components for that growth, so it is not like they are not using it. I don't see how a dividend would make them a more valuable stock.

New Mac fake-defenders similar to Windows scareware

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I severely doubt that Apple claims that their computers are "impervious"... Especially to malware installed by the user.

And don't point me to marketing, because it is just plain ridiculous to claim it has any legal value. It would be like claiming that Ford must take my car back because they claimed in advertisements that I would be able to drive in perfect safety, and I still managed to crash in a wall...

Remastered 4K, 3D Titanic steams towards cinemas

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As long as people buy, 3D remastering will go on...


Linux kernel runs inside web browser

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Can you run Wine on it?

I'll get my coat

HP breakthrough to hasten flash memory's demise?

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Sometimes I feel proud of the human race...

Quick think of all the military applications this will be used for!

...Ahhh, much better.

In-app payment patent scattergun fired at small devs

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These people have no shame

We get earfuls from Republican politicians about the people who live off the welfare system... But how do they compare to these parasites? They might even be proud of their cleverness.

Barf icon.

Apple seeks patent for keyboard that sucks

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An Apple patent?

Prior art!!1!

Errr... Hang on, I guess it is extremely unlikely that there will be prior art in something that weird. I guess every rule does have an exception, then. I'll get my coat.

Porn found in Osama bin Laden compound

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Duke of Post

That is the problem with being hunted by the US, and going without internet... You actually have to keep the stuff at your place, instead of googling for it like everybody else!

Italian bus driver goes completely hands-free

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He is a plant of the Vatican

It is a well-known trick to get a busload of people to pray fervently

Galleon hedge fund founder convicted on all 14 counts

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Math fail

Look again: $63.8m is not 9% of $7bn. Do you work for the investment sector? I advise you let the IT people do the computations, they can do hard math.

Google unveils Android 'Honeycomb' update for fondleslabs

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Lord post

...And the source code is still not open!

We need a G with horns icon

Microsoft Skype: How the VCs won and Ballmer overpaid

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Office on Mac?

Oh yes, good example. Does Ballmer know that Excel for Mac does not support VB scripts anymore? Does he know the pain that resulted for the users when that support was dropped?

Google won't open source fondleslab Android before 'year end'

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Ice cream sandwich?

Seriously, they could not find something that would be less of a mouthful? What about "Antidisestablishmentarianism"?

About Android on the iPad, I don't see how Google could possibly mind that. I don't think they really care that hardware partners are losing money, as long as Android is used...

WikiLeaks: East Timor knocked back high-tech Chinese spy base

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How perceptive of Timor

They accepted the boats, though. What is the radar on these boats?

Google says Android 'club' makes phone makers 'do what we want'

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You only really value openness when..,

It favors your business. Amirite? That or you don't plan to make money.

I do not remember that anybody has ever been happy to see the destruction of his own company, but maybe the writer is willing to give examples?

MobileMe drove Steve Jobs to foul-mouthed fury

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Here in US?

You do know that Apple is headquartered in the US, right? This was not a public/corp event, it was a meeting with the MobileMe team.

Chinese iPad 2 fanboiz in frenzied fight

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You mean, it has backfired because there is yet another article in the Reg that covers the iPad 2, underscoring how much people want to have it since they fight for it?

That is not backfiring, it is marketing.

Dear Google and Facebook: You don't want Skype

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Google already has a similar service

Why would they be interested?

End of the tether: Google plays nice with carriers

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Was it not Google...

Who insisted on this FCC regulation?

Is there anything to find on bin Laden's hard drive?

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You think he would have spilled the beans?

RIM taps Microsoft Bing for phone and tablet search

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Ballmer "We're going to invest uniquely into the BlackBerry platform..."

How do you say "Motherf***" in Finnish?

Ubisoft to turn games into movies, TV shows

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Could be good

I think games like say Splinter Cell do have a very good chance.

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