* Posts by ratfox

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The rise of the Malware Mafia

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OR fattening ^^

Paris, as an exercise to find in which category she belongs to...

French sites fined for linking to privacy-invading Kylie content

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This calls for another automatic disclaimer

Something like...

"This website is in no way responsible for the information it is linking to"

followed by more legalese.

Maybe it could even be added automatically by the servers at the end of every web page... And Voilà, you are back in the previous situation.

Billy Bragg: Why should songwriters starve so others get rich?

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I like the way you say that artists shouldn't expect to earn a living of the music they make.

I guess you shouldn't expect the music to be any good either... Why should they try to make it good, if they get nothing in return? Why should they make a high quality recording? They can listen to what they play, and nobody else cares, right? I mean, if they'd CARE about the music, they'd be willing to actually PAY for it...

Old people can sabotage software too

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Wonder how they're gonna do it...

I think it will rather hard to stop the sysadmins from having access to the system...

And well, what if the antepredisgruntled employee is the one who is actually supposed to have access to the system?

Al Gore's green job bonanza - can we afford it?

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Creating jobs

The trick in creating jobs is to make people to pay for them. If you have no good incentive, people are going to keep their money. But if you say the world is gonna end otherwise, they'll shell out...

As it stands, I prefer it if we create jobs in a possibly unnecessary "green" industry than in fighting other countries...

Botanist sues to stop CERN hurling Earth into parallel universe

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This guy's in the wrong business

He'd do extremely well at the Microsoft law department.

Didn't he study law for three years? And he's got the FUD

tactics down pat

Transgender man prepares to give birth

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What's in a name?

That which we call a rose,

By any other name would smell as sweet

It does not really matter what that person is called.

For him/her, what matters is what s/he thinks.

As long as nobody's suffering from it, it's all right with me.

And about the child's life, there are children born in far worse

situations everyday... Without attracting the attention of newspapers.

Apple forbids Windows users from installing Safari for Windows

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Down with the EULAs

I pray that one day, a company will put some really weird stuff in the EULA, such as:

"By reading this, you agree to pay the maker of this software 10 dollars a second

when using the software", And then try to enforce it.

I wonder how courts would manage to declare this EULA not legally binding, without having it apply to all others EULAs...

US auto-emissions cleansed in urine-tech shower

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Diesel more costly??

Sure, a gallon of diesel costs more than a gallon of unleaded, but as its gas mileage is so much better, it should be way cheaper to use diesel... Especially on long distances!

If you're really paying more to drive a diesel car, you should have it checked.

FBI agents lured suspects using fake child porn hyperlinks

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I remember, when I thought a website was interesting, I used to program a script to download automatically all the images that were linked from it...

I guess it would be a bad idea to do that now...

HP CEO asks investors to do more

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Actually, no.... investors do not purchase stock with high yield, but with high prospects, usually... Therefore his claim the stock is under-evaluated, which means "It's going to go up soon! Don't miss the train!"

Both 1.4% and 0.7% are waaay under what investors hope to get in a normal year.

Of course, the investors might have changed their habits recently...

EU wants data sharing network for driving offences

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End of the free ride

I know a lot of people who just do not care about speed limits when they're driving in a foreign country. Why should they? They will not be fined...

It has been obvious to me that the cars breaking speed lmits in Switzerland are French, and those breaking speed limits in France are Swiss (Or German, Italian, etc.) I am not necessarily happy about the governments getting together to fine us more, but you do need limits.

Google ships database porn tool

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Aaah, marketing tools...

Please note how the Pyramid or the Funnel Widget can be used

to make a section of your chart look much smaller than it is,

or in reverse, much larger... Porn indeed.

Note to self: Never trust a shiny chart.

I know you know it already, but I insist.

Apple US retail sales leap past PC par

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Why I changed

I just ordered my first Apple (MacBook Pro) after using PC all my life. Why?

I was in a bind. My current 4-years-old Dell is showing signs of instability, and it is probably better not to wait until it will finally crashes. I wish I could have stayed with XP. But apparently, no one will sell me a computer with it, except the slowest kind.

Aaaand Vista... You know... SP1 wasn't out yet... I tried, I really did. I went to look at the "benefits" on the Dell web site. They talked about Media Center, Parental Controls, Integrated Search and of course the cool interface... And I couldn't bring myself to think I actually wanted any of them. Really. On XP, I even use the classical 98 theme rather than the blue green XP one, because I like it better.

On the same page, I discovered by the way this insane statement of Dell that Basic Windows Vista Experience is "Great for booting the Operating System, without running applications or games". I know it's old news, but I hadn't seen it.

Anyway, since I couldn't have XP on a fast machine, I had to learn to use a new OS anyway, which basically put OSX and Vista on the same level.

Therefore, I am now waiting for my first Apple. I'm not sure I will enjoy it, but I can only hope for the best...

China blocks YouTube

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So how is history important?

Tibet has been controlled on and off by China ever since they both were invaded by the Mongols. Though many base their claims on history, the argument is pretty much useless. London has been part of the Roman empire, now it's not. France ruled half of Europe under Napoleon, now it doesn't. United States and India used to be part of the British empire, now they're not.

In the end, it does not matter whether Tibet was invaded by China in 1949 or if it's an old province which China temporarily lost control of. There is no legitimacy. The only thing that matters is who is controlling the situation there.

What is happening in Kosovo is a very good example. It does not matter that Kosovo is a historical part of Serbia or that the people there have a different culture and religion. Both are true. What matters is that Serbia is not currently controlling Kosovo.

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By the way

...Let's not forget that Tibet has been the subject of much horse-trading between China and the British Empire at the beginning of the 20th century... Nobody seemed to think at the time the Tibetans could have their say in the matter...

Russian serfs paid $3 a day to break CAPTCHAs

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Boring job

I liked better the idea of giving free access to web surfers to a porn site on

condition they'd solve a captcha... The largest group of web users (i.e., those looking for porn) become your free captcha solvers!

Treehuggers lose legal fight to solar-powered neighbour

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So if your neighbours trees stop you from seeing the view...

Just put some solar cells at the limit of their shade. In a couple of years, the trees will have to be cut, and the view will be yours.

At that moment, be sure to move your solar cells in a way that he cannot plant any new tree, even a small one.

Microsoft opens APIs and protocols to all

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NOW we have a reason to change to Vista

I believe they were getting worried that nobody was writing new software for Vista... They hope that the open source community is going to fill that hole ^^

Facebook loses a few bitches

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Keeping in touch with old friends

I did find it somewhat interesting that people I had almost forgot about asked me to be their friends on facebook. I have now the e-mail address of half my junior school class, and that would have been difficult to get otherwise.

I guess there is also something to the idea of getting people used to organize their life using the computer. After all this time, I still know very few people who actually manage their appointments or organize meetings using outlook or similar.

Apart from that, I get an invitation a day to compare this or that with whoever. After finding out the first time that you need to bother 20 more people to see the results, these are deleted immediately.

Geordie cops arrest two for Wi-Fi squatting

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How about crossing the garden?

Suppose you are walking in a place you don't know, and you see flowers in the distance. You walk 5 meters on the grass to admire the flowers - that's illegal. You are trespassing on somebody's property. While it COULD have been a public garden, it is not, and you are committing a crime...

On the other hand, you do not get jailed for that, usually, right?

In my opinion, as far as your actions can reasonably be considered as in good faith, you should not get jailed for it. There are lots of people who open their network, because they WANT everybody to profit from it. I believe it is reasonable to assume, when you see a network that is open, to assume this is the case.

@Trevor: It is a bit weird that whoever can leave his router in the standard open configuration and expect that nobody to use it, but the poor guy who is too ignorant to change the standard configuration of his computer to take any wireless network will go to jail for it...

Warner Bros revs up live action Akira

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Oh my....

Akira in New-York... That's a bad first impression...

Also, since Akira is a japanese name, they'll rename the movie in "Peter"?

Wikileaks judge gets Pirate Bay treatment

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Reall efficient

When the New York Times puts up a direct link to the web site you're trying to shut down, you could say that's a backfire.

Obituary: HD DVD 2002-2008

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Universal is leaving...


What, don't they want to sell a format that no device can read?

Häagen-Dazs battles honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder

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It is slightly weird that you are asking for PROOF that your speculation is wrong. How about I speculate you're a member of the lizard alliance, now YOU prove that I'm wrong.

Of course, about the only fact you apparently know about crops is that some are genetically modified. Therefore, anything that happens to crops MUST be because of genetically modified crops, right? Anything bad, of course.

For the moment, nobody knows what is causing CCD. GM have been proposed, stress, cellular phones, whatever. Everybody is pointing the finger at something. Maybe it's you guys from the lizzard alliance...

Nanny agency hacker fined

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Password is not authorization

It is wishful thinking to say you have the authorization to access any account you have the password for.

A sysadmin, knowing the root password, has access to everybody's files on the system. It does not mean he's authorized to read your private files.

This is like saying that if a bicycle is not locked, you are allowed to take it. I know people who think that, but I do not like them very much.

Pr0n baron challenges Google and Yahoo! to build better child locks

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RIAA all over again - to add to my previous comment

Just look at this: Vivid suing a web site for distributing their copyrighted material.



I tell you, Vivid are taking instructions from RIAA...

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This is the RIAA all over again

I fully understand his position.

Before, Vivid was certainly a lucrative business. It certainly was one of the biggest porn company. All of it distributed through well-established channel

Now, you only need to look ten seconds on the web to find free porn... It is so simple to start a porn site that everybody and his uncle is making one. Who's going to buy Vivid porn anymore?

So, like RIAA, this guy is trying to shut down the competition... Good luck to him

Paris because... well, you know why...

Big Climate's strange 'science'

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Mathematical models

As a mathematician, I wholly agree on the doubts about climate models... We have very little data, and it is certainly next to impossible making any kind of accurate precision. Yet, we constantly see predictions of how many degrees the temperature will rise in the next 100 years... Last year was exceptionally hot - way more than predicted - and nobody knows why!

The problem is, when you ask a scientist (and I am one), he will never admit he doesn't know. After all, his bread depends on having results and publishing papers. He'll make up a complicated model, and give an estimation. And since nobody exactly knows what's happening, it will be trusted.

Governments are in constant need of predictions to take decisions. 2'000 years ago, they would have read the entrails of a goat. Today, they call scientists.

Boy burned in PSP trouser blaze

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The lizard alliance strikes again!

If it was needed to show that Sony is on their side...

Nobel Prize winner demands more honesty from peers in green debate

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@Nice Smear

"he should present his own time frame and let the public decide if he's being paid off by big oil, automobile makers or the tobacco industry."

I believe statements like this are part of the problem. Whenever a guy criticizes in ANY way scientists who talk about global warming, he's accused of being paid off by "big oil". No matter who he is, what prizes he got, what university he works for, how famous it is, it does not matter. Whatever he says is then written off as biased.

It's like saying that if anybody criticizes the Bush administration, he must be a terrorist and put in Gitmo. Scientists do not all have the same opinion, and that is the only way science can go forward. We should encourage scientists who challenge the mainstream opinion, not ridicule them!

Dallas man accidentally shoots self in head

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You would think that in Texas, they'd know how to count up to six...


Commuter jetpacks offered: $100k, August delivery

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Why not use a cel phone

Seen on the promotional web site:

"Marketing and promotion experts are constantly tasked with finding a way to get attention. This job has continually gotten more dificult as more companies compete for attention of customers, partners, press and other audiences - the same old gags don't work anymore and response is hard to measure. You will be undoubtedly the topic of discussion after a rocket-powered human helps carry your message through the air."

IPhone are sooo old hat...

Canadian runs up $85,000 mobe bill

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DON'T use Rogers

Just don't. There is way too much fine print.

It starts right from the moment where you read "CHEAP PLAN 20$ a month!"

And reading the fine print, you see that after paying the plan, you need to pay

an additional 7$ a month for "network access". It's like asking in a hotel

how much a room is, being told that it's 100$, then having to pay 30$ more

for "dayly rental of the room key"

As for all the guys talking about personal responsibility, I wonder how often they

read the EULA of the software on their computers. Face it, the day Microsoft

adds a hidden fee in that, they'll end up legally owning the planet before

anybody notices it.

Facebook takes the Captcha rap

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Gotta love captcha

I loved the story of the pirates who wanted lots of accounts on a web site

which used captchas. They created a Pr0n web site, and asked whoever

wanted to access the site to solve a captcha, actually taken from the other site...

Al Gore climate change site hacked

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@ Peter

Whatever science is about, it sure ain't was not what "inconvenient truth" was about. Hello? Not a scientist in the whole movie?

Like Michael Moore, Al Gore may be saying the truth, but he's got he's very special way of presenting it... And he's no scientist.

World of Warcraft smites den of orc and elf sexual delinquency

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You need to stop somewhere

Credit card or no credit card, there are plenty

of kids who play that game.

Now, there's always been people taking their clothes off

(underwear are always on) and starting to dance in the

middle of a city, and this is not something that needs

censorship (you see more at the beach).

And there is probably nothing wrong about doing something

which is illegal in real life as lond as you do it QUIETLY.

I think this is the message that was sent to that guild, and

if they go on discreetly in private chat, I see no reason why

they should be banned again. Let's face it, if a kid wants

to cybersex, he will (I put on my robe and wizard hat... :D )

Trojans besiege online gamers

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I especially love...

The fake videos you can see on youTube, the one which pretend to show how you can hack somebody else's account... And then tell you that to do it, you need to send your own login and password to some hotmail address.

The best is, people who get their account stolen that way are those who tried to hack another one in the first place. Call that poetic justice...

From the number of such videos you can find, many people have fallen into the trap ^^

Kung fu monks battle gobby net ninja

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It's true

And so began the legend of Pai Mei's five point palm exploding heart technique...

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