3346 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
Sounds about right
I understand that there's going to be way more than just Google at the meeting, and by and large people who came out against Trump. Oh, to be a fly on the wall...
Re: Interesting idea
The problem comes when Google lists the ad at the top of the page, with a great big hyperlink, and has a very small [ad] tag listed at the start of the site description.
Which is why I started my post by If Google marks these results as ads and separates them clearly from search results. The point being that if those are clearly ads, it stops being a competition problem.
I'm not quite following Foundem's arguments, but from what I understand, Shopping results are just ads.
If Google marks these results as ads and separates them clearly from search results, doesn't that solve the competition problem? On one side, you would have organic results, where Google must not favour its own products in any way. And on the other side, you have ads, where Google has every incentive to favour the highest bidder. If they put ads for their own product, they lose the money from other advertisers; which is equivalent to Google outbidding other advertisers on its own ad network. Sounds fair?
FYI: YouTube is part of Google, and that's where Google has most of its user-generated content.
Unless you're worried about the terrorists proselytizing on Google+? <snicker>
Looks like everybody who could be convinced to buy a smartwatch has already done so... And it's apparently not something people are willing to buy every year.
Done on purpose
Looks to me like there was a disagreement between the presenter and the camera operators. The recording started before he was ready, and the presenter wanted to restart the recording. The operators didn't want to do it again, so he deliberately said fucking hell to make the recording unusable, just so they would have to restart.
And then, the annoyed operators forgot to do their job of cutting the first part. Or maybe, possibly, they called his bluff... Because in the end, he's the one who ends up looking stupid.
Re: "Blackstone ... employs six times as many people as Google"
I'm not sure what this means: Wikipedia says (I know, I know) that Blackstone has about 2'000 employees.
Now it may be that companies bought/controlled by Blackstone have in total hundreds of thousands of employees. I'd hesitate to say that Blackstone created those jobs, though.
Power-crazed scientists create unnatural species!!1!
A group of so-called "scientists", in a futile attempt to deny the majesty of God's creation, have done the unthinkable. These individuals, whose funding should immediately be rescinded, have created in their unspeakable experiments a chimera-like living creature. Disturbingly, they are now claiming that their despoliation of the God's work was somehow the result of a "natural process".
Given that the perpetrators have admitted their crime against God's order, and have even published it in a scientific journal, the news of their arrest by the Spanish inquisition is unexpected any time soon.
Machine learning seems the tend of the year. I should start a drinking game.
Re: Consumer Watchdog?
Consumer Watchdog is a recent org based in California. So far, I mostly noticed them complaining about Google, but it seems they have expanded their field of activity to Tesla.
If I was Snowden, I wouldn't push my luck either...
Then again, if I was him, I'd still be working as a contractor for the NSA.
Experts to Congress: You must act on IoT security. Congress: Encourage industry to develop best practices, you say?
The S in IoT is for security
There's many years of wild West to come.
Do people want to be lied to?
Sometimes I wonder. People are known to be irrational.
Google is very hard-line anti-Muslim? Since when?
Funny though how the same people consistently bought those items made in Mexico, and declined to buy items made in America, for even the tiniest price differences...
I never understood why people oppose wind farms. They do not pollute or even smell bad, unlike practically any other rural development.
The only argument I've heard which I could technically accept is that they spoil the scenery. I personally disagree (I find them quite decorative), but it's a question of taste. I still don't think it justifies such acrimonious opposition.
I always thought the incentives of taxi drivers were skewed. The longer the ride, the more they get paid.
Now, with technology, this can finally be fixed: given a trip and traffic condition, Uber can set in advance what is the price of the ride. You could even subtract a bit of it takes too long!
Cul-de-sac is the word that naturally comes to my mind for a dead end. It took me an effort to find synonyms like impasse and voie sans issue. Impasse is certainly the word which is used whenever naming a street, though. Voie sans issue is a description rather than a name.
In theory at least. It's going to be much less interesting to shop around for lower taxes when all the taxes are similar. The loopholes are not going to disappear though.
Pallante had sought to modernise (PDF) the post, taking the Copyright office out of the orbit of the Librarian Congress, and making the post a direct Presidential appointee.
That would have made sense... Maybe? Offices that are controlled by Congress seem to get often threatened with losing their budget when their decisions displease the current majority.
EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost
Request a backup copy as soon as you buy the software, and use it. Keep the original in a safe.
This is what soldiers do: they receive equipment, which they must prove on demand to be clean and well taken care of. They don't use it, buy their own which can be as dirty as they want.
Well, that certainly gives some credibility to the claim it's a state actor.
I believe that "technology cannot be stopped". It will eventually be so easy to scan and identify people that almost anybody will be able to build a fairly comprehensive database of everybody's face.
With internet, the world is becoming a global village — and like in any village, everybody knows who you are and what you are doing, you have no anonymity, and it's impossible to hide.
Re: What is G.fast?
Yeah sure, it's just I like articles to be somewhat self-contained.
What is G.fast?
I was hoping the article would define the term, but...
Not that it concerns me. Swisscom already has fiber to my place.
Re: "try to leverage its market power"
Rather than simply "use", the meaning of "leverage" is that you obtain much larger in return than what you exert. It is the standard expression used in sentences containing monopoly or market share.
It's the kind of words that makes lawyers go wobbly in the knees.
But in 2014, Google scaled back Google+, and Facebook snuffed out Graph Search.
Not sure there was a need for a secret deal for this to happen, seeing as Google+ and Graph Search were both resounding failures...
Is that illegal?
Buying stuff cheap and selling them more expensive after a lick of paint is a well-established business practice... Maybe it comes into false advertising?
When it comes to the key factors that car buyers look for - reliability, performance and comfort
Citation needed, especially for performance. Despite what car advertising look like, most people don't give a shit about driving faster than 130 km/h, which is anyway illegal when not in Germany.
I'm wondering how many people believe Trump when he says Obama created ISIS.
I'm aware that Trump meant that Obama's policies allowed or partly caused the rise of ISIS, but I'm wondering how many of his supporters believe that Obama directly created it.
I guess it's a version of Poe's law.
ARA isn't dead
It's pining for the fjords!
methods are required to verify that AI systems are operating in a transparent manner, to make sure that their behaviour is not unpredictable, and that any decisions made can be explained
Wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder!
As noted, there are efficient algorithms for doing this fast. I can only assume that the reason this is news is because no algorithm was involved, just randomness.
How is it happening now?
If a car driver decides to save his hide and run over pedestrians, do they get prosecuted? I doubt it. Egoism is usually a valid defense. Cowardice is only a crime when facing the enemy.
Until humans solve the problem themselves, I don't see how we can expect cars to do it for us.
Well fix the law then
You're in luck, soon you won't have to convince the rest of Europe anymore.
In principle, I understand why having to pay tax in every single country where they do business would be a prohibitive cost for small companies, and I assume that's the (official) reason why the rules were written in this way.
I am not convinced that the politicians who wrote the rules could not predict global corporations taking advantages of those rules. In particular, I believe that the UK politicians thought this was going to be a boon for UK and its low corporate tax, and they just felt totally betrayed when corporations chose dirt-cheap Ireland instead of London.
Maybe the rules could be amended in some sensible way, forcing companies to pay taxes in countries where they have a sizable workforce?
Re: Do the math(s)
There is related quote from Mark Twain:
"There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist"
Re: "These are people who are tormented by their ambitions."
I'd say it takes one to know one...
Do you think we deflected it?
Re: And Apple?
Neither is Android really. If you don't want an Android phone you don't need to have one. If you walk into any phone shop they'll sell you non Android phones.
I think the argument is that for phone manufacturers, Android is a monopoly. And if you're not Apple, it's rather correct that Android is the only way you can survive these days.
Though I'm not sure how it makes sense that 1) Google Search is a monopoly & 2) Google is leveraging their Android monopoly to force phone manufacturers to use Google Search. Surely if 1) is true, then 2) is unnecessary.
Re: no micro-sd, no removable battery
Really? It seems to me removable battery and SD cards have become niche markets, really. I'd be surprised to learn that more than a few percents of users want them.
Re: The future
I actually think that it's the small players who gain from the current situation. Look at what happened in Spain when Google closed Google News because they refused to pay for snippets. Traffic to news sites went down overall, but big sites saw an increase in market share, because people flock to them since they're famous brands. The small players got completely killed, though.
The big players would likely say this is a good thing, because they regard small players as cheap and low-quality. Springer essentially have that argument against news aggregator: it forces them to compete for eyeballs with two-bit outfits who cannot offer quality journalism. It might be partly correct, but that would mean we need to protect big news organizations, not small players.
In 2016, the first signs of the war became noticeable...
Re: Could get interesting
The question is, will people want to use Oracle's software, no matter how good it is? They don't seem to have that many happy customers.
Re: Only in US
Governments can have legal monopolies, have law enforcement and law making authority. They can also subsidize a service and undercut the prices of private business at the expense of the local taxpayers.
The situation here is rather that the government is the only entity willing to provide the infrastructure (and the local taxpayers are willing to pay for it), because private businesses do not want to provide it for such a low ROI.
CDMA isn't dying
It's still more or less stable in the US, along with the Verizon market share, unfortunately. But it's nice that Intel is ignoring CDMA. Hopefully, this will bring down the price of other technologies, and help kill the abomination.
"The conduct occurred in the United States"
Is that correct? Was Lauri Love physically in the US at the time? Or is it rather that "the computer was in the US"?
The world is changing
Maybe at some point, people will stop thinking that innovation can only happen in Silicon Valley.
Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!
Re: Mansfield bars
Actually, Mansfield bars are also mandatory on the sides of trucks in Europe.