3415 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
I think EU's bluff has been called
"No, we're not going to respect the privacy of your citizens. So? What are you going to do about it?"
Really, the only thing that the EU can do is to declare it illegal to store EU user data out of the EU. I'm not sure it would be very useful, and I'm not sure the users themselves care a lot; but it's completely silly to pretend that the US are going to respect the privacy of EU citizens, when they basically don't even respect that of US citizens.
That, or they drop the charade, and they admit that they are unable to guarantee the privacy of their citizens.
And this is why we can't have nice things
It's taken decades to create standards allowing all systems to interoperate, and now the biggest limiting factor is that each company wants to create a walled garden.
I envision a future where the world will be divided not into countries, but into customers of different mega-corporations, who won't be able to interact with each other for the obstacles separating them.
I do have to wonder why the MS case didn't set a precedent for this?
IIRC, the judge said that Google routinely backs up emails and changes the position of backups between data centers, for network balancing and the like. So they just have to "rebalance" the backups so that they are situated in the US, and then it's fair game.
Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours
To be fair, Uber drivers do require English knowledge less often than normal Taxicabs, since the app is telling them where to go. Technically, they only need for a normal ride to confirm the name of the passenger. And maybe inform the passenger they've arrived.
Of course, there's still plenty of potential situations where they would need to communicate with the customer, so I can't sat I disagree. Also, fuck Uber.
The intelligence community continues to argue it is difficult to tell the nationality of someone making a call or sending an email without a huge amount of effort or without violating their privacy.
To be honest, I believe that. It seems silly to think that the NSA would have at its fingertips the nationality of every freaking email account, greatest intelligence community or not.
So since they don't know, they just listen to whatever they want; problem solved.
Re: The entire Yahoo board should be sacked
If you need to hire someone to turn a failing organization around, you hire someone who has done it at least once before.
...And in 2045 died the last human who knew how to turn around a failing organization. There was no one left in the world who had ever done it before, therefore no one who was able to do it.
That said, you could have made quite a bit of cash if you'd bought Yahoo stock when Marissa Meyer was hired!
Re: Is this the same Google that is still unable to update Android?
@WatAWorld: the essential difference is that it's not Google's OS running on Android phones. Android is open source, and Samsung and others write their own version adapted to their own phones.
In comparison, Windows machines don't have a different OS depending whether it's sold by Dell or Lenovo. And of course only Apple sells iPhones.
Oh I see. You only ever read The Register, and they rarely link to videos of moving cars. Let me help you find more information:
Re: Is this supposed to be a good deal for Yahoo! stockholders?
>What am I missing here?
That various shareholdings in Asia are not part of the sale and account for most of Yahoo's market cap
In fact, for quite a while, the shareholdings in Asia (Alibaba & Yahoo Japan) were worth more than Yahoo! 's market cap. Verizon is paying over $4bn for something which the market considers to have a negative value.
The only reason this makes sense is that there is a tax issue stopping Yahoo! from selling off all their Asian holdings and giving the cash straight to their shareholders. They wanted to do it, but the IRS warned they might be taxed, so they decided to sell Yahoo! proper instead.
Re: I'm baffled.
Musk can already boast two successful ideas, which does seem to indicate it was not a fluke.
But he's still careful with some of the ideas he has. He gave out this Hyperloop idea, then said somebody else should do it, not him. Which in my opinion was a smart move, as I consider the idea near unworkable.
Re: All of the traditional (some would say legacy) companies...
In the beginning at least, Microsoft counted Office 365 licenses bundled with standard office licenses. Essentially, they told customers they were giving the Office 365 for free with the standard office (and you couldn't refuse), but then counted part of the sale for cloud services.
Would you rather make slightly less and have Google on your CV, or make a little more and have to explain why that coding job at Denver's...
You can have both; Google has an office in Denver. Also in Seattle. In fact, I think they do have one in Austin!
And by the way, Austin may be in Texas, but it's a blue town.
Re: Left handed?
That is indeed weird. But a quick image search does seem to indicate the pilot and the copilot use a different hand to pilot the plane. They have to learn to fly with either hand.
In fact, Boeing pilots also have the same problem, because the throttle is always in the center between the two seats, and so the pilot has to fly with the left hand.
Re: "you don't expect them to give it away for free"
It's irrelevant that they already got their money back. As long as the product is useful to you, it makes sense that you need to pay for it.
If you rent a house, there is no magical point in time after which you don't need to pay rent anymore. Once a movie has become profitable, you still need to pay to watch it in a theater.
People get rewarded in proportion to how useful their work is, not how hard they worked. If Adobe's products are useful for many years, they deserve to get paid for many years. This is in fact their incentive to do a good job. And if you think they're not doing a good job, feel free to use a competing product, or write one yourself.
Re: Does not compute
Yeah well, you don't expect them to give it away for free after they recovered their investment costs, do you?
From their point of view, they set the price once and for all — and that price hasn't really gone up. It's the worth of the pieces of paper in your wallet that has gone down.
Sorry, but I can't bring myself to take any of this seriously. It's very well to say you can complain to US courts and whatnot, but I find it quite obvious that the US government is going to demand our private data, and get it, and there's nothing we can do to stop it.
This is just a smokescreen designed by politicians to claim everything is fine.
Re: "SV companies ... weren't willing to offer adequate compensation"
This is very unlike the UK. Compensations in Silicon Valley are way over the $100k limit — you can almost double the amount — so I doubt that the Googles and Facebooks are concerned about this new rule, or their employees.
It's the start-ups that are going to lose under this scheme.
Hard to see why Microsoft wasn't allowed to bundle a browser, and Google would be allowed to bundle an app store... Though now that I think of it, it's hard to claim that Chromebooks represent a monopoly comparable to the grip Microsoft had (and largely still has) on the PC. And Apple has a similar market share of laptops, and they bundle their App Store on MacBooks.
Still, Google is already in multiple parallel trouble with the EU regulators, they'd better be careful. At this point, they practically are guilty until proven innocent.