* Posts by ratfox

3465 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

US military: Electropulse bombs now from next year

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Such people

Should be jailed for scam attempt.

The scary thing is that it works, like the Nigerian scam...

Organized crime tampers with European card swipe devices

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For once

I'm glad to be (currently) living in Canada

But considering the state of the financial sector, we'll soon be back to trading goods without cash, so...

Apple rattles legal sabre at Canadian tech school

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It IS quite close

I don't think people could watch that logo without thinking of the other one. It is an obvious allusion, in my opinion.

Microsoft leaks cloudy OS name

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Basic latin grammar

Strata is the plural of stratum.

The plural of stratus, as in cloud, is strati.

I see the word spell-checker has no version for Latin...

Anyway this is likely to be vapourware indeed. And PH just because.

Famed investor backs away from web-obsessed Microsoft

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Now what do you want to bet...

He's currently short-selling microsoft?

If you're famous and people listen when you criticize, you might as well profit from it...

How the fate of the US economy rests on a Dell workstation

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What faith in super-computers...

This is like saying to a trader: "If you don't get cell phone calls warning you in advance that the market is about to crash, then you should obviously have a more powerful cell phone"

What use would a bigger computer be, if nobody knows how to make a more complex model?

Blizzard awarded $6m in WoW bot case

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Bots are not required

I do believe you can enjoy the game without using bots.

Then again, some people got frustrated or lazy and used god mode to finish Doom, so... Nothing new, really.

UK WoW fans plead for Lich King Collector's Edition

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Why not buy the US version?

Why don't people who complain buy the US version? Or won't the US version work with Europeans servers?

Marketing body condemns 'draconian' Olympic law

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This calls for Pratchett-style allusions

"The year between 2011 and 2013"

"The season between spring and autumn"

"The Au metal"

"The capital of Great Britain"

etc.

I wonder what "the L*** school of economics" will do...

Has the war on terror scored a virtual victory?

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Old debate

"If somebody is incredibly stupid, should you try to shut him up?"

I'm afraid I'll go with the idea that people should always be able to say what they want. The first amendment is the only piece of American law I wholeheartedly agree with.

On the other hand, even though Voltaire said: "I disagree with you, but I'll fight to the death to defend your right to say it", I'm not sure I'll ever lift a finger to help Al-Qaeda sympathizers...

This is too complex for me. I think I'll go get myself a beer.

Gov seeks UK nuclear competition for EDF

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@Hamilton

"Renewables have no hope of quenching our insatiable demand for energy in their current forms."

Didn't you know? Some people consider nuclear energy is a renewable energy. This is lifted from New York Times:

"Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, the third-most-powerful Republican in the Senate [...] says he feels that wind should be given tax breaks no different from those for other forms of renewable energy, like nuclear power."

FoxNews commentator Bill O'Reilly's website hacked

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I have little sympathy for Bill O'Reilly...

However, I don't much like pointless finger-pointing either.

It says on the Wikileaks page: "Unless otherwise specified the document described here [...] Is of political, diplomatic, ethical or historical significance."

Not that much significance, the way I see it.

Virginia de-convicts AOL junk mailer Jeremy Jaynes

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Unfortunate

Apparently, if the law goes overboard in extreme cases, it is annulled, not just reduced to what it should be.

I don't really get it. Does it mean that if the law against murder is found to go overboard when it asks for death penalty, then murder suddenly becomes allowed?

Anyway. That guy got lucky. Hopefully he won't start again, since he'll probably be under close watch...

Pub toilet todger tiff ends in bloodbath

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Paris Hilton

But, really...

What's the Paris Hilton angle?

Reg readers rage at comment icon outrage

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The dead vulture, and google icons

Good and evil google are needed, I think. Unfortunately, the founders faces are useless, as nobody knows who they are... And it might me tricky to use the logo. Maybe a big G with horns or aureole?

Ubuntu lovers slap Canonical over Firefox EULA

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The more EULA there are...

The sooner it will be acknowledged they have little legal value. The automatic "Click on I agree" reflex should be considered as non legally binding.

Oh all right, I know the law. But the law is particularly ridiculous in this case. As far as I understand, you need to pay a lot of lawyers to even know if the terms and conditions of an EULA have a chance to stand in court... It's a great way to take the end user hostage.

Obama: McCain can't email, remembers Rubik's Cubes

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Not so surprising

I do hope that as a president, he'll have people who send e-mail and surf the web for him. If that guy has to go look for information himself, where is the world going to?

The potential vice-president, on the other hand, has shown that she understands about e-mail. At least enough to discuss key subjects with her assistants using her personal account, because it is not subject to disclosure like the official one...

OMFG, what have you done?

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Noooo

Fixed width? New icons? WAAAAAAH!!

Then new hands icons are ugly, with apologizes to the artist who drew them. The funny flame icon is not going to be enough to express my wrath either! Why did the dead vulture disappear?

Thankfully, the coat icon is still here...

German court bans VoiP on iPhone

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This is exactly why...

it shouldn't be possible to have restrictions on modifications.

This reminds me of when the phone handsets themselves were property of AT&T and it was forbidden to attach a Hush-a-Phone to it.

Beauty contest judge canned for slamming 'munter' contestants

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Behind the times

Poor man... Beauty depends on fashion, and like it or not, tattoos are fashionable. Don't like tattoo? Get out, you retrograde!

Apart from that, it's obviously stupid to call the contestants ugly. Did he really think the organizers were going to like it? "Gosh, they're all so cute, it's hard to choose" is what they wanted to hear... And yes, being honest was a bad move in this case.

As if honesty was compatible with media and marketing...

Child abusers adopt blackmail tactics

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@AC

"According to Police profilers most active paedos are in the 18-24 years old age group."

Really? I wouldn't have thought that.

Do they consider 19-years-old with a 16-years-old girlfriend as paedo?

Japanese call on deities to discipline wayward PCs

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Go

Japanese...

Messing with our mind since forever!

Blame game over United Airlines stock crash rumbles on

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If somebody is at fault

It's clearly the guy who decided this was newsworthy for the Bloomberg information system.

I do hope these guys will try to find more solid information than "some newspaper article on Google news". The people who are paying through the nose for Bloomberg information certainly expect more, at least.

Literacy leads to happiness and luuurv

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Weird statistics

"68 per cent of men and 70 per cent of women with good literacy skills are co-habiting or married, compared to 52 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women who find it difficult".

So if I get it right, there's way more women than men who are co-habiting or married? LESBIANS, ALL OF THEM!

Mine's the one with "probabilities for dummies" in the pocket

Ten of the Best... iPod rivals

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Didn't bother to read the review

Is there any of these which can play from one track to another WITHOUT pausing, like a CD? Much of classical music should keep playing from one track to another, and the pause introduced by my iPod makes me want to scream.

United 'bankruptcy' points to new stock scam techniques

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My sympathies to UA

Having something like this happen to you is more or less akin to being hit by lightning in the middle of a beautiful day.

Congratulations to the clever guys who managed to buy at $3. The stock is back up at $10, though it's still lower than the previous level of $12.

Indeed, fake bad news might come up more and more, considering it's much easier to halve the value of a stock in one day than double it... Doesn't say much for the system as a whole, though.

Google launching its own navy?

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And they're applying for a patent?

On putting a data center on a boat?

...

I don't have the chutzpah to be a successful engineer, I guess. I could understand a patent on details of the idea, like the wave power generator. But I would have never thought of asking for a patent on "putting loads of computers on a boat".

Doesn't the Navy have a few computers on air carriers? Wouldn't that be prior art?

Wait until they apply for a patent on "data centers in the jungle" "data centers in snowy regions" "data centers in rainy regions" "data centers with solar panels on top" "data centers with a yellow ceiling"...

Homeland Security backs deportation with Wikipedia

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wikipedia.com??

"not condone or encourage the use of resources such as Wikipedia.com..."

Ahem. wikipedia.org, please. One more fine example of the quality of court rulings.

Paris, because she's another fine example... Of something.

Burned by Chrome - Fire put out

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Yet Another Crap EULA

Honestly, EULA are becoming closer and closer to scientology crap.

We need more EULAs like this one. The more stupid and obviously unenforceable they become, the quicker the world will realize that EULAs do not belong to the domain of law, but fiction, and should not be taken seriously.

Paris, because nobody takes her seriously either.

The Google-isation of all the net's access points

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I can't believe it!

Google is advertising Chrome (BETA) on its main page!

What was that about Larry Page not wanting a privacy link on that "beautiful clean home page"? (I know, there is one now)

Shit, how could they add an ugly download link for Chrome on the beautiful clean home page?? I almost can't find the search box anymore in all the clutter...

Google releases open source browser

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Competition for IE?

I'm afraid the only browser it will be competing with are Firefox, Safari, Opera and other stragglers. I don't see how people who are still using IE would make the change... Most of them don't even know they have a choice.

iGoogle personalises personal pages on other people's behalf

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I admit, this is the first time...

That I've seen a company so blatantly considering their users as guinea-pigs.

"Put this one in the labyrinth"

"This one seems more intelligent than average, test him"

"We should dissect this one... What? We can't? You sure?"

"Oooh good, they found out about the Javascript code, we can go to the next test phase"

"Let's yank their chain again"

Paris, because she's yanking my chain...

Vodafone says termination rate clampdown would hit the poor

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@Choice

"Heavy call maker? Pick an 03*** number and enjoy lower call rates when you call out, in return for paying to receive a call.

Heavy call receiver? Stay on the 07*** number and pay more when you call out."

This in turns means that the phone companies, seeing that calls are only ever made from 03*** numbers to 07*** numbers, will heavily augment prices for everything...

On a side note, my Canadian company, who does charge me for incoming calls, also charges 5$ a month for caller ID... Bastards.

Psychologist invents new uber-wiki

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I want to be professor in psychology too

Where do I sign? I've got plenty of crackpot ideas!

Paris, because she'll be teaching psychology anytime soon...

Hackintosh maker bites back at Apple

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@Alexis

Actually, if some terms of a license are illegal, you do not need to follow them...

For instance, if a joker added "by reading this, you agree to kill your neighbour in the next 24 hours" to one of these EULAs you click one without reading, you will not have to do it. Thankfully.

From what I've heard, half of the EULAs contain something which is very probably illegal. The problem is, only a court can decide whether it is legal or not. In that sense, EULAs are only "potentially" legal. Some people decide to obey the EULAs, some do not.

When the outcome of a lawsuit is uncertain, the company itself might even prefer not to sue transgressors, in order to be able to go on telling the sheep the conditions are legal and binding.

Hacker unearths young Chinese gymnast scam

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Hidden massacres in US and UK

Of course, there was no hidden massacre in US or UK like there was in China. That's not the democratic way.

Totalitarian governments say: "SHUT UP! It didn't happen!" (Tienanmen)

Democratic governments say: "Yeah, it happened. So?" (Kent)

Or, possibly, they claim the students had WMD...

Paris, because she's a WM(brain)D

Game sharer gets £16K fine

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The worth of pirated software

Each side has its own estimation of the damage of piracy:

- Copyright holders pretend that each person who pirated their product would have bought it if they hadn't been able to get it for free. So they estimate their loss by multiplying the number of downloads by the retail price.

- P2Pers pretend nobody who pirated the product would have bought it, even for a cent. So they estimate the damage as nothing.

Obviously, both sides are being dishonest about it.

For one thing, having net access to download is not free, and the price charged by ISPs is a function of how much people download. So people downloading for free are still paying money for that, just not to the copyright holder.

For another thing, many people might actually pay for the product if it wasn't often faster to download it than going through paying for it.

Federal judge halts Defcon talk on subway card hacking

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@smart - smarter - smartest

It would be a very unambitious MIT undergrad who would want to work for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority... Or whatever company is in charge of these cards.

Anthrax 'rogue scientist' also Wikipedia cult member

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Re: "a women's sorority"

Actually, it's not even a women's sorority, it's a women's fraternity... No, seriously, go check it up!

Apparently, Jimbo cannot read his own encyclopedia...

BT slams bandwidth brakes on all subscribers

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All-you-can-eat contracts soon to end

Really, it's just a matter of logic.

The ISP started offering unlimited contracts because everybody said they wanted it. But considering the quantity of comments here rejoicing that heavy users are getting throttled, some ISP should start offering contracts at 1p per Mb (and cheaper during low-use hours). Then we can start paying for internet like we are paying for water, electricity and telephone.

I believe the only reason unlimited contracts exist is that the heavy users are the only people voicing their opinion on the subject, and they are too happy to have everybody pay the same amount.

Yahoo! recounts! votes!

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Ok, hands up everyone

...who believe this was really a honest mistake?

Paris Hilton, because with honest mistakes like this, she WILL be president.

Paris Hilton - the compromised candidate

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Alien

In case Bush hadn't done it...

This would prove you don't need a brain to be a politician

...or a religious leader for that matter. All hail Xenu!

Dutch vacuum salesman pumps Google for €1m

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Dutch tax

1.2% ? That's quite high, considering many countries have no capital tax at all (like Belgium)

US Congress to vote on in-flight mobile ban

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Noisy babies

While I agree that parents should try to keep their children quiet, I also agree that this is not always possible.

If the parents are trying their best to calm down the child, then whoever complains is stupid. The parents probably want the child to be quiet more than anybody else, and yes, they are entitled to use a plane even with a noisy baby. If you don't think so, I'll complain you are a waste of oxygen, and should not be entitled to pollute the inside of the plane with the nasty CO2 you're emitting. And also, you stink, and you're ugly. Please take the boat, or put a paper bag on your face.

Anyway, the point of talking about noisy babies was that phones are by far not the most annoying thing in a plane. What's the US congress doing making laws about the amount of noise you can make in a plane?? I can't wait for Obama and McCain to give their opinion on this oh-so-important issue.

US customs: Yes, we can seize your laptop, iPod

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@Julian Garrett

That's a pretty good comment...

...huh?

Quantum porn engine foiled by strawberries and muffins

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And yet, the company stock will rise fast...

How could it fail to rise, with so much hot air?

Of course, there's 0.01% chance it will be the next facebook...

Microsoft to kill Windows with 'web-centric' Midori?

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Midori means green

in Japanese.

Could Microsoft be thinking of becoming ecologically-oriented?

Reg hack insults the Parachute Regiment

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Such conceit

When the red devils are a sexy all-female bikini team, maybe I'll watch their shows... I'm not interested in Xtreme sports jocks wannabes.

Anonymous. Wannabes can be vindicative.

Inquirer celebrates spammer murder-suicide

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I feel bad for the family...

But I must say, not for him.

I have often thought that if the light discontent felt by the millions of people who received one of his mail was concentrated on the spammer, he would be vaporized instantly.

I would maybe not cheer his death, but as for a Darwin award, I do feel the world is not missing much. The fact he killed his family makes him even more despicable. It may be that, as he knew the world would not regret his death, he took his family with him out of spite to make the world feel bad: "Look what you made me do".

Condolences to the still-living daughter.

Happy Sysadmin Day!

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Joke

What about users?

Is there a user appreciation day?

Without users, sysadmins wouldn't have a job, right?

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