* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

HP WebOS tablets won't ship until September?

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I don't know what to say

I feel sorry when large companies do moves that seem so full of fail. I suppose they are doing their best, but it does seem so woefully inadequate...

Better than nothing I suppose. If a company has for policy to only buy HP, they will eventually buy those. But they have acted way too late to be significant players in any way.

Bot attacks Linux and Mac but can't lock down its booty

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Mac infections

It might well be that Mac users are less careful about what they click on... With some reasons. Though we can see that they should be careful too.

Google gins search formula to favor its own services

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It actually seems perfectly natural to me...

And indeed, it is the way I would like it to work. If I look up an address in the Google search box, it is most likely because I actually want to look it up on Gmaps, but I am too lazy to get to the Gmaps page.

Apple's Jobs stand-in touts iPad's enterprise reach

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Scaled-up smartphone

"Basically you end up with kind of a scaled-up smartphone – which is a bizarre product, in our view."

Something the iPad is not, clearly... Right?

WikiLeaks gets Swiss bank info

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I hope the data is juicy

WikiLeaks is hardly mentioned any more, even though they are still releasing cables... Truly, the interest of the public is fleeting.

What about that American bank? I would like to see it too!

Google dispenses first jackpot award to security bug hunter

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I got much better

Google keeps sending me e-mail to tell me they have awarded me millions in jackpot. And I didn't even have to work for it!

That said, they might want to raise the prizes if they really hope people with look for possible bugs. Hearing that the cash machine gave all of $14'000 in prizes sounds cheap. But maybe I'm too demanding.

Yank fires up iPhone-controlled beer cannon

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The cannon should shake the can a bit more, just to make sure it explodes in your face when you open it.

Mythical 'iPad 2' caught on camera

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What would it be doing there, since Apple was not?

Why would an accessory manufacturer bring something like that to a show, since they are obviously not allowed to show it?

Good call on the reaction from Apple. If this video is still on Youtube at the end of the day, it is fake.

Microsoft disputes Apple's 'App Store' trademark

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Endless comedy

And all thanks to the USPTO.

Apple refuses frozen iPhone repair

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No need to move

Just wait a couple of centuries, global warming will take care of it!

The heavy one with the fur hat, please...

Lawyers fear Assange faces death penalty in US

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I would actually trust the Sweden justice...

I would not be surprised if the whole thing was just about "following the rules". I.e. they are absolutely unwilling to change the way things would be done if he was just Joe Nobody. It is quite likely that they would refuse interrogating him at his convenience, be it in the UK or by video. So, following the rules, they ask for extradition the way they would with anybody else.

In that case, all this grandstanding about rendition would be nothing but paranoia from his part. Of course, you have good reasons to be paranoid when you pissed off the US so much...

I hope he gets extradited, then receives a fine and a few months with probation, as one would expect for such conduct. I would be laughing long and loud.

Google founder sinks $45m in toy boat

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Zodiac link

It's cheap too! "Save nearly $40K on select models!"

When you look at these models, it's a real bargain...

...That and a beer, I need no more.

Italian bloke sneezes out .22 bullet

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I didn't know that there was a city called Naples in the Middle East. It is a good thing that stupid behaviors like shooting at random for celebrating the new year would never occur on our civilized European continent.


EMC employee filched $1m worth of hardware

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Another variation

A different joke is about a man working in a Chinese bicycle factory, trying to steal a bicycle piece by piece... Problem is, for some reason, every time he assembles the pieces he gets a machine gun.

Tech giants score record patent stash

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You ain't seen nothing yet

Considering the way business seems to be done nowadays, the number of patent is going to double... It's going to increase and increase... UNTIL IT BLOWS!!1!!

PH, she knows how to blow, too.

Verizon to sell iPhone 4 this month

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Was that a troll attempt? Have you ever heard of CDMA?

Hint: That's what Verizon uses, and there has been no CDMA iPhones up to now.

Motorola dual-core Android phone to pull off laptop trick?

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Yes, but...

Can you put the laptop case in a docking station so as to have a desktop?

US job market still limp

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Lawyers have it bad too, it seems

Is Law School a Losing Game?


Schadenfreude ist die reinste Freude.

What? No comment yet about the awesome title and subtitle to the article?

Vegas vid-poker hackjackpot bonanza duo face charges

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Fair enough

They kick him out, and forbid him from coming back, but he gets to keep the money. I have no idea how they intend to claim that what he did was illegal...

Wait, hang on. This might be construed as a way to circumvent a security feature, forbidden by the DMCA?

US woman @theashes gives in to Twitter, flies to Sydney

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Is the result of English people inventing games with more and more complex rules every time another country gets better than them at existing ones.

Apple unwraps app store for proper computers

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Developers, developers...

Hmmm... I am not quite sure why developers would peddle their wares there, considering they will have to pay a quite fat percentage to Apple.

I know it works for the iPhones, but that is really because there is no other way, isn't it?

Dubai assassins used email trojan to track Hamas victim

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> and most likely this incident had very little to do with it.

[citation needed]

Microsoft 'sorry' as Hotmail bug hits 17,000

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Hotmail still has that many users?

Cuckold computer tech faces ID theft charges over Gmail 'hack'

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Did you ever consider the meaning of the words

"For better or for worse?"

I'm afraid that if you sign on the dotted line, you may be held responsible for any bastards of your wife. They are even, legally, YOUR children by default.

Paul Allen reloads patent attack against tech titans

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It is

The patents are of the type "Any stuff that allows you to do stuff with stuff."

For instance, one covers proposing a product related to what the user asked for. As in, "Would you like some fries with that."

Allen should sue McDonald's, they have been saying this for decades... Oh wait.

Skype's mega-FAIL: exec cops to cause

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Good for them

They came out with the explanation pretty fast and without finger-pointing.

If only all companies acted that way...

Apple slapped with iOS privacy lawsuit

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Are user warned?

Do these apps show the standard screens requesting for net access, GPS access, size of private parts, etc?

If they do, I believe Apple is quite safe... I doubt it can be claimed that Apple should check whether each request is reasonable with relation to the functionality of the app... And if crooked app makers sell user data, this is not exactly something that Apple can stop.

IBM races bits along a nanowire track

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A year's worth of movies

I would have thought this meant: Enough movies that their length added makes one year... As in the "18 days of music" I have on iTunes

Masked Santas disarm Swedish royal guard

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I've always wondered

What happens when you push such a guard too far? Not much, it seems.

I remember hearing from the militia soldiers guarding embassies in Switzerland after 9/11. Their gun was sometimes loaded, but their instructions pretty much were that no matter what happened, they should not shoot. Now think carefully: What is the point of the gun being loaded in this case? Does it make for a more secure or a less secure world?

Of Wikileaks and data theft

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By the way

Assange must really regret not keeping it in his pants these days...

But whether he is Jim/Joe Leaks or not, I bet that Manning is regretting his compulsion to look cool on the web. Oh My God. Fifty years of your life for fifteen minutes of fame in a chat room.

It brings up True Lies' definition of kids: 10 seconds of joy, 30 years of misery.

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Well, you know, during a war...

I have no idea where it happened, but assuming that the theft* happened in Iraq, they were most certainly preoccupied with a lot of other stuff beside checking that the classified computer had the proper protocols and security enhancements installed. And as somebody said, if somebody has administrator access, it becomes really hard to stop him from doing whatever he wants, encrypted or not.

*Considering these documents are indeed classified, but technically in the public domain as far as copyright law is concerned (as they were written by US gov employees), I would contend that theft is an inadequate word.

UN defends human right to WikiLeaked info

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Sounds good to me

Of course, they cannot make accusations, but they certainly indicated that they are more worried about the US government going too far than about WikiLeaks going too far.

Not that the US needs to pay attention to UN if they do not want to.

DARPA working on eyes-in-the-back-of-your-head hat

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Dastardly plan fomented by Google

Now they'll be able to bring street view to staircases!

Double-clicking patent takes on world

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Gee, I don't know...

Selecting a word, perchance? You never copy from a browser?

And you can even triple-click to select a paragraph.

Make your iPhone patriotic - for free

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Stirring music indeed

Nevertheless, the $2 price soundly indicates that this is a for-profit outfit.

World+Dog says 'no thanks' to 3D TV

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Video Games after Nature/Animal?

WTF? I would have thought games would be at the top...

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

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Second refutation

Anyway, they would just have to change the colors to claim that these are bears, ordinary bears. After all, they already have replaced corpses by little crosses for China, so a palette swap is not going to be a big change.

Assange lawyers fume over leaked rape case docs

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What do you mean, OLD documents? Many the cables are about current foreign governments, with which the US have very much ongoing relations. And these relations will keep going long after the charges against Assange have been dropped or confirmed.

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The similarities are striking.

And, you know, I am not at all certain anymore that this is a set up... The reactions of the girls seem plausible. Especially the part about being convinced at the police station to press charges.

Though it is unlikely they ever imagined the explosion their accusation would create... Holy $#!7...

Missile defence FAIL: US 'kill vehicle' space weapon flunks test

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It's the thrusters

Their strength should be in Newtons, not pound force

...The one with the Martian Chronicles book in the pocket...

Nokia sues Apple in European courts

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Well, one thing that is certain...

Nokia might not be very good or successful, depending on your definitions, but they are NOT a patent troll.

Assange: Text messages show rape allegations were 'set up'

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"I had never heard of the name Bradley Manning before it was published in the press"

I can well believe this, but it is not enough. If he ever sent a message saying something like:

"Mr. Anonymous contributor #1234, I believe you should be able to copy this classified info on a CD-ROM that you can disguise as a music CD of Lady Gaga, then put on earphones to pretend you are listening to it", then he is in trouble because he can be charged for conspiracy.

If on the other hand, he only ever wrote: "thanks for this information you want to send to us, I will set up a server for you", then he might be all right.

As for the SMS messages, I can believe it is a set up, but I can also believe he is embellishing more innocuous messages. After all, he has already exaggerated somewhat the 'crimes' uncovered by the cables.

Scientologist overlord declares victory over Anonymous

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Well, if he believes it...

Then Shirley, all scientologists also do. He gets to decide what they believe, after all. It is not like the real world has any meaning for these people.

Google Maps for Droid phones becomes a LOT better

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Google maps also has 3D buildings on the iPhone 4, but there is no way to spin the screen. I'm not sure if the 3D stays when you use the auto-rotating, as it only works where you are, and I am not in NY.

Amazon randomly censoring incest books

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Hammer and anvil

Honestly, I wouldn't want to be the guy in charge of making these decisions at Amazon. No matter what they do, people will complain on both sides...

One might regret that they are not willing to make a stand and go "we will publish anything without censorship" but they are a business trying to make money, not a civil rights organization. Accordingly, they try to make everybody happy, even though this is clearly not possible.

WikiLeaks mirror site rails against malware warning

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Spamhaus warning seems perfectly reasonable to me

Actually, I believe the Reg had already warned leaks seeker that malware pushers always ride on the wave of the currently fashionable, sometimes within minutes. I do not recall that anybody accused the Reg at the time of bowing to pressure from the US.

Google questions tests that praise IE's bad website blocker

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Biased much

IE 9 beta: 99%

IE 8: 90%

Firefox 3.6: 19%

Safari 5: 11%

Chrome 6: 3%

This does look suspicious. I freely admit I have never studied the question, and I have no idea what techniques different browsers use, but I have trouble believing the results. Of course, the fact that Microsoft commissioned the study does not help any...

I would also be more interested if I was actually scared of getting malware from a web site, but I feel somewhat safe on my jobsian machine.

Google drops nuke on 'objective' search engine utopia

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Yes but...

Do you get better results with other search engines? Or is it simply that right-wing articles are never linked to?

Assange to be released

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The weird thing is

The new judge said he accepted the argument that Assange's supporters paying bail might see an escape as reasonable in order to keep WikiLeaks running. This is kinda stupid, since WikiLeaks is obviously running fine without Assange.

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