* Posts by ratfox

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38% of large US companies have full-time email monitoring staff

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Watch the movie!

Blade Runner tops sci-fi movie poll

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Pretty much agree

Predictably, the list takes into account the influence of movies. Blade Runner fairly established the cult of dystopian megacities...

Among recent movies, I'd say Matrix would definitely have a place too. It will obviously become one of the greatest classics. The sequels will fade into oblivion, though.

I'm surprised anybody here suggested having sequels like Terminator 2, or even movies that evolved out of TV series like Star Trek. Being original, or at least more famous than previous works, is a necessary condition to be a classic, in my opinion.

Palm slams Apple, hoodwinks iTunes

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Pissed off

Yes, it's Apple's product... They want to choose what devices work with it... They want to lock out competition... It is their right, apparently. Perhaps.

Apple might have the right to do all that. I still get royally pissed off that they restrict on purpose the usefulness of their products. It is hard enough to get computers to do what you want without having these people working against you. It reminds me of DVD region codes.

BTW, here is the description of the latest version of iTunes:

"iTunes 8.2.1 [...] addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices."

They would not say "will not synchronize with non-Apple devices any more". They know people would get pissed off. I cannot help feeling it would be more honest.

Apple says jailbroken iPhones endanger cell towers

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What? Hush-A-Phone?

And you want to attach these Hush-A-Phones to OUR phones?


Truck drivers! Don't go texting now

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@Why have an extra law

The point is to have a good reason to blame the texting driver after the accident.

Otherwise, the lawyer will counter the argument "driver was not paying attention

because he was texting" with such wonders as "it has never been proved that texting

diminishes the attention of a driver" and "if it was dangerous, it would be forbidden".

US tactical bot has no taste for humans

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Black Helicopters

that's not our mission

...The whose mission is it?

Gamer embezzles virtual cash to settle real debts

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pocket change

These $6000 are relatively pocket change compared to what gold farmers make...

The interesting thing is that he apparently was not bothered by the law for that. There are interesting discussions to have and is/should be legal with relation to virtual worlds...

'Get cameraphones out of nurseries' plea

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How come...

It is STILL legal for lab assistants to take pictures of the fetus??

Conviction overturned in MySpace suicide case

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On the side of the judge

What that woman did was wrong, but repeat after me:


I.e. if you cannot find a law that makes it illegal, don't twist the rules of logic to make it so.

BTW, my name is not ratfox.

Notorious phone phreaker gets 11 years for swatting

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@Jimbo 7

It does not sound too much to me. Remember that prison terms add up: he got one year for this, two for that, and he did so much that he got eleven years...

it was more than just pranks. He was terrorizing innocent people.

US calls for China to revoke censorware plan

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I don't get it

Which is the country again which tried to impose DRM to the whole world? I don't remember, but I'm pretty sure it's not China.

Honestly, this has very little to do with free trade. They might complain about the censorship, but that's all.

Disney punts hetero luuurv to wide-eyed kiddies

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Hang on, wait a few years

Disney barely got to the idea of having a BLACK HEROIN... Give them time!

(and critics are complaining that her counterpart is kinda light-skinned)

Joke aside, most of Disney's movies use old traditional fairy tales.

These stories are usually devoid of homosexual love.

In fact, the first gay main character in history to appear in a story for

children may well be Dumbledore, and that is at most hinted at in the books.

Don't call me Ishmael

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How about...?




Obama disconnects 'obsolete' cell phone tax

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Makes sense

Taxes should be fair, but there is such a thing as going too much into details.

This is a good example.

The next thing they could do is to simplify how to pay tax over a nanny or

a babysitter. Currently, you need to register as a business in order to declare

your employee. No wonder few people do it...

Gartner: Windows 7 upgrade catch for XP converts

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Dangerous game

Didn't they try to force companies to change to a new OS a couple of years ago?

Didn't that failed?

All right, Win7 is much better than Vista by any account, but you would think

they would try to make it easier on the companies this time, given how much

the strategy failed last time...

Periodic table adding new element

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This is a case

where I wonder why those scientists get funding. What is the point? So that they can try to get 113 now?

All right, I suppose the way it decays gives them potential insight on the way atoms are built... Still.

Pressure group demands UK apes China net filter plan

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Increased risk for developing sexually deviant tendencies

I wonder what they mean EXACTLY by this. As far as I know, there is no law in UK restricting people to have straight, plain vanilla sex in the missionary position (though there is such a law in Florida)

What is their criteria to call a sexual preference "deviant"? Anything they would not do?

Bing 'better' than Google for advertisers

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So it's Google for me

Since I try to avoid looking at advertisements, which I consider as the first step to brainwashing and mind control.

When by chance I see an ad which does interest me, I google the product rather than clicking on the link. I do not want them to know their ad was effective :-P

Engineers are troublesome 'expert loners', says prof

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Working in a team

Anybody who has worked in a project knows that it is often best to break tasks down.

If done properly, this is much more efficient than group work. Decisions should be

taken at meetings, implementation should be done separately.

Twitter Yi not, as Beijing bins Bing

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The you-know-what that happened you-know-when

When you-know-who ordered you-know-what to you-know-what you-know-who

...Children in China must be wondering if they're stuck in Harry Potter...

The one with "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" in the pocket, please

David Carradine found dead in Bangkok

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Bill Killed

So she got him in the end...

Mine's still... in the wardrobe...

LoTR fan film set for net premiere

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Looks great

I'm sure the budget would be far higher if they had not had millions of fans pitching in for free

Apple moves to patent mobile color

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Process can be patented

Of course, coloured carbon fibers are nothing new, but a new process to make them coloured can easily be patented.

Windows 7 gets built in XP mode

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That's one problem solved

Now that companies now they will be able to use their existing solutions, they need to be convinced that upgrading is worth the price of new, faster computers...

Because that's the main problem of Microsoft: companies have found they can actually survive fine with an older OS.

US lawmakers to de-silence electric cars

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Jesus H Christ

Bicycles have existed for centuries without that being a problem...

Most cars can be really silent too.

PH, because even she knows when to shut up.

Apple eyes patent for web silence

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The only question is...

Why the HECK hasn't this been standard for ages?

OY, Mozilla?!! Where's that volume control I've wanted since 2002??

I sure hope Apple cannot patent it, because then I would be forced to use Safari.

Pizza-polluting YouTube plonkers soil Domino's

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@Dick Emery

You do not seem to understand. Domino did not overreacted; if anything they underreacted. Their pizzas have become associated with boogers in the mind of millions of people before they ever knew about it. That stuff can easily cost them millions.

Conspiracy theories aplenty as Amazon delists gay books

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Might be "honest" glich

If they classified all gay stories as "adult", then the only books left about homosexuality are right wing anti gay propaganda, and "why Heather has two mommies" books for kids. They'd better fix it though. I understand the ire of the authors.

PH, she's apparently classified as "adult"

Goldman Sachs seeks Goldman sucks site suit

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The lawyers? Stupid? If somebody told me I could get paid 1'000$ an hour for threatening legal action which would obviously fail, I'd do it. And if they'd say I have to dance in the courtroom in a tutu, I'd ask which color the tutu.

Of course, maybe they could have TOLD Goldman that they would lose, and spare them the expense... But that would have been integrity, and lawyer swear off integrity when they get their degree.

UK police bust lottery scam centre in Somerset

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Sometimes, I'd like to meet one of these people

In this day and age, how come anybody is still answering these??

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Naming the Palm Prē: Strategy Boutique OD's on joss-sticks

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I wish all the luck to Palm

They'll need it...

Honestly, it's their last hope.

HK movie star porn snap thief faces trial

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How come so slow?

You mean the pics were stolen and burned on a CD in June 2006, and they did not appear on the web until Feb 2008?? I find that pretty incredible...

I can't imagine anybody sitting on all those pics for a year and a half. Maybe they tried to blackmail him in the meantime?

PH icon - HER pics are usually on the web after a day and a half at most...

Students Union reps vote to ban cheap booze for students

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And people wonder why I am anti-union

Honestly, when that is the best union leaders can come up with...

It is a huge problem of society that it is possible for a small percentage

of fanatic zealots to take decisions with which the large majority disagrees,

but simply did not bother to show up. Yes, sometimes unions are useful;

but the leaders are too often self-important pricks who believe in ruling

the masses for their own good. Here is a typical example. /rant

Google advises flushing your website

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Whatever floats his boat

I'd guess few people would notice the difference, especially if their connection is less than optimal.

PH, because she floats my boat...

Unauthorised Wolverine claws his way onto interwebs

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I wouldn't steal a car...

But I did ride the bus without paying. Which is closer to what illegal downloading is, I guess.

PH, because I'd like to ride her without paying, too...

Palm opens up, and goes back in time

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Good move

Having a PalmOS emulator... I believe many people like these PalmOS applications, no matter how shitty the platform is to program on. Myself included.

My mind tells me that shorters are right, and the Pré is a really desperate effort. If Palm manages a comeback, it will be from the jaws of death.

But hey, people used to say the same about Apple ^^

Texas senator wants to ban Vista purchases

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Vista may be sh1tty but...

I wonder what a senator is doing proposing laws on what OS to use or not to use.

I mean, does he want to regulate the size of donuts in state agencies, too?

UFO fleet menaces east London

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Pulled pic

The guy is still giving the finger in the pic just south of that one...

Germans announce: Revenge is inefficient

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Actually, this could be easily the subject of a study:

"dumb people are more happy"

I believe it's likely to be true.

PH icon... well, no need to explain!

Google Voice forbids itself

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Another example

of why EULA should be ignored.

Hopefully, the whole concept will be challenged in court, on the grounds that nobody reads them anyway.

German police boot down doors of Wikileaks offices

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Searching wikileaks for distribution of child porn... Don't they need to have a reasonable suspicion before doing something like that??

Palm bets the farm on WebOS

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A bit late

I have nothing against palm (I have a treo), but they should have tried that years before. It's been clear for a while that their stupid palmOS was horrible to program for, and that they should change it...

Of course, this would have meant the apps painstakingly written for palmOS would have been so much garbage, but maybe they could have kept a few developers at the time. Now they are long gone.

TinyURL, your configs are showing

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Main use

From my observations, most tinyurls point to Rick Astley...

Lights out, Britons told - we're running out of power

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CFL bulbs and heating

There is an actual argument for using CFL bulbs and cranking up the heating.

Electricity is a "high-quality" energy, which is produced by burning coal far away,

producing steam, using turbines to produce electricity, which is brought all the way

to your house. You lose an appreciable portion of the power in the process. Using

that electricity to heat up the house via lamps is rather inefficient, with comparison

to using a gas heater.

But of course, the amount of energy saved is tiny.

Latest subject for peer review? You

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Bernard Madoff was missing... Unfortunately, I couldn't put a negative score for "Trustworthy"

But really, I believe they will survive without getting sued their pants off. For instance, there's been a

"Rate my professor" for years, and some professors have complained, but the site still exists.

Apple restyles iPod Shuffle

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Two different voiceovers!

According to the NY Times, there are two different voiceovers, which

depend on whether you uploaded the song from a mac or a PC


If the song comes from a PC, it sounds synthetic and accented.

And a much nicer voice for a song from a mac...

(In other news, Bill Gates is the richest man in the world again. I'd bet he doesn't care)

Google tosses free texting

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Marginal costs

Whatever the cost of an SMS is to the operator, it is not zero,

since too many SMS can overload the network.

Whoever invented the idea of SMSing all your friends on new years' eve should be shot...

Anyway, the point is moot, since operators do not charge the marginal cost,

but whatever people will accept to pay: In Canada, you pay $6 a month to

have caller ID, i.e. knowing who's calling you.

Inside the world's greatest TV remote

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HP 48

By default, it only transmitted over a few inches. So you first had to augment the range of the IR port (easy, like bypassing a resistor or something). And when people did this, HP 48 got banned during school tests, because you could transmit the answers to your pal three meters away...

By the way, my trusty HP 48 GX is on the table as I write this.

What a machine! 4Mhz cpu and 128 Kb RAM, AND a 32 Kb extension card!!

Homosexuality does for UK blue duck population

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Nothing new

Many bird nests are homosexuals. However, the species still reproduce through infidelities with the other sex...

I've been trying to explain to my curate it was all natural, but for some reason, he started spouting about Sodom and the 7th commandment...

Do I need to explain PH?

World of Warcraft: 'The crack cocaine of the computer world'

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WoW is addictive...

Call me when that addiction claims as many victims as tobacco and alcool, please...

(Played WoW until six months ago)

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