3297 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
Re: It's simple: open STANDARDS
"The good thing with standards is that there's so many you can choose from."
There have been various Google-free Androids, starting with CyanogenMod. The problem is that to be successful these past years, you had to be fast. Mobile phones have evolved a lot, from the camera tricks to the fingerprint sensors. If your software couldn't keep pace, you disappeared. Lose one season, run out of money.
I believe that it is simply not possible at the moment for standards to evolve fast enough to keep up with the technology. If you wait for the standard to exist, you're already one year behind the proprietary solutions of the Apples, Googles and WeChats. Then nobody wants your phone, and nobody even wants to build it.
The big ones are essentially at war with each other for customers. You might be able to raise an army, but if your army makes tactical decisions by committee, there's no way to win.
There's a glimmer of hope: The pace of evolution seems to be slowing down, with less hardware features being added. If there's a moment of pause, it might be possible for an alternative to catch up. Fingers crossed...
Re: Sounds good
It might well be that a EU ruling would force Google to make a viable alternative available.
On the online shopping case, the EU did not dictate a solution; they just gave a huge fine, and warned that the huge fines would keep coming unless Google found a solution to the issue they had created...
The way I see it, the Android case is much simpler. People can actually articulate what would be necessary to have a Google-free Android. They just need to tell Google to do it.
Re: Time for a song
we need a popcorn icon
I have found that the beer icon works well for this purpose.
So what happens when inevitably their money runs out because of mismanagement and corruption? They ask for a bailout?
easy come, easy go
Mama, life had just begun
But now I've gone and thrown it all away
Anyway the wind blows
Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers"
No shit Sherlock
The EU will either have to admit they cannot protect the privacy of their citizens, or grow some balls and demand from all US companies to only store private data in EU-owned datacenters.
Re: Even if he were a perfectly well-behaved excellent negotiator...
pre-established rules that would apply identically to everybody?
Ha ha ha ha... Wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder: HAA HAA HAA...
Re: More inclusive?
Non vegans will NOT be represented by that salad
Re: More inclusive?
They should give people the possibility to add eggs to the salad using a zero-width joiner!
It didn't seem possible to me to set a supervised account on an iPad without creating an account for the child.
When enough people make a mistake, it stops being a user issue, and it becomes a UI issue. Maybe putting a big warning sign on the option would be enough to solve most of the issue.
I demand moustaches and beards!
How can I properly express myself without handlebars on my emojis??
Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to reform voting rules as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'
Well yeah. There's things in life that cannot be bought, such as love, or control of Facebook. That's a fact that outsiders should have known from the start. It makes no sense to complain about it.
Outsiders shares give no power, but they do give money. Well, theoretically; in practice they don't give dividends, so you only make money from them if you sell them higher than you bought. Luckily, the actions are at a historic high, so if you don't like the voting arrangement you can sell them right now.
We don't have a popcorn icon
So the beer will have to do. Anyway, it's Friday.
Technically, the media is plural
The singular is medium. Look, if people can annoy me by saying that "data" is plural, I see no reason to hold back myself.
Pai is not going to react to such a polite letter. The only thing he might listen to is a cut to the FCC budget... And that might not even be enough, considering he's probably looking to his future cushy sinecure more than his current job.
Nice to see that people do want to hire veterans!
It's amazing to think people might soon start using global warming as a reason to make bitcoin mining illegal.
It has happened four times since 2011 that the bitcoin price went 10x in a few months. If it does that again, it's going to have such an impact that I think governments will intervene.
I think you mean, was stolen.
Re: How about...?
Do it. Chicken!
Oracle playing the Knight in shining armor
They also told the world about Google recording the cell mast the phone is connected to:
Were it any other company than Oracle, you'd think they're trying to act for the public good! However, since it's Oracle, I can only conclude they're still pissed off about Java.
Corellations? Are those related to Corellian freighters?
That means if I get a better password, my grades will go up, right?
The FCC listens to consumer complaints now?
Last I heard, they called it DOS attack.
I for one am looking towards having a self-driving car. It probably can't happen until I'm retired, due to various things like snow and European roads being probably more difficult to handle than those of Phoenix, but it's still something to look forward to.
Oracle lobbying in action?
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I suspect Google is deliberately encouraging the multi-cloud strategy. If they manage to get everybody to use two or three clouds, they become relevant again.
It's self-serving, but I think we shouldn't complain. The APIs get more compatible, and the risk of lock-in is smaller.
Re: Human rights
Ultimately, there is a point to what Timmy is saying. If you're a baker, you're not allowed to refuse baking a cake for a gay wedding, but you're allowed to refuse baking a cake which says "Hang all the N***"
And Timmy doesn't get why those cases are treated differently by the law.
This is way too technical for me
Can someone give a simple example of what is going on? What Google wants the websites to do, and what the websites want Google to do?
Re: I am Shocked I Tell You.......
Untouched landscapes tend to be smaller tracts of land...
Re: Links are already short
The IP address is not guaranteed to always point at the same website, and many websites can have the same IP address.
In any case, the path after the domain name is often much longer than the domain name.
Re: Classic that they missed the most honest solution..
The reason the payment was so low is that the data "leak" was rather trivial.
It used to be that when you clicked on a Google result, the target website would automatically receive as referer link the URL of the Google results page. Now this is pretty much exactly what the referer link was defined for. The problem is that the URL of the results page contains your search query, and so the target website would learn the search query that had returned their website.
For instance, if you searched for "nytimes" and clicked on the New York Times website, the New York Times would know you had just searched for "nytimes". And the porn site would know the exact fetish which had brought you to them.
I guess people didn't thought about privacy when they defined the referer link in HTTP, but now it would be a non-starter. In any case, that's why Google ended up having to pay so little.
Chrome OS is having a certain success in schools, where students receive a ChromeBook managed by the school. Would you be willing to manage a fleet of Linux laptops for a hundred teenagers, fix their issues, be responsible for them being secure, etc...?
We're going to need a bigger bag of popcorn
It's always fun when organizations pretend that the law doesn't apply to them, and especially so when it's ICANN.
Re: Facebook / Google are the biggest Con-Artists in Silly-con Valley
Why con artists? Madoff was a fraud from the beginning, but they're actually making money, and more money every year. They have a stranglehold on the online advertising business in much of the western world, and that business is booming. It's going to take a very long time for that to change. Putting more regulations on data privacy would actually benefit them, because it would make it harder on new entrants to break the market.
“may continue to work, but we can’t provide any guarantees.”
"Maybe it will, maybe it won't. We don't care either way."
I assume that Gmail does something "clever" so that emails that are not strictly sent from the mail account, but that appear to the rest of the world to be coming from that mail account, end up showing in the Sent folder. Some kind of "feature" to let you send emails from a third-party system.
through the simple method of batting its eyelashes at Russia while pointedly glancing back at the US
That's a beautiful image.
They are accusing Google of "taking money from one pocket and putting it into another". But that would mean Google is taking money from its own pockets rather than accepting the money from its rivals. There's no advantage for Google to do that. If the rivals were super good and Google Shopping was not competitive, Google would just happily shut down their own product and take the money from the rivals instead. It's not like they've never shut down products before.
Why he’d want to go from a stable, ethically-led company to the controversial world of Uber is anyone’s guess.
Well, if he won't do it for money, maybe he'll do it for a shitload of money?
As CFO, maybe he'd enjoy the challenge of fixing Uber's finances.
But have you seen how the rear doors of a Tesla X open?? SO COOL!
Joking aside, I think Tesla are the only cars where the dashboard computer display is worth a damn. As far as I've seen, all the competition use roughly the same quality as in-flight entertainment systems.
Not that I'll buy any electric car soon, because I don't feel like planning on advance where I'll plug my car during road trips.
A good salesman is like a double-edged sword. Sometimes the product works and then it's a good thing. If the product does not work, then good salesmen are dangerous. Personally, I tend to avoid buying from good salesmen.
Elon Musk is an excellent salesman.
These days, choosing IBM is a good way to get fired.
Silly Russians, that's what happens when you don't have a great firewall.
$180 for a feature phone?
I'm sorry, what?
Discovery is a problem
I'd like to give a special mention to iPhones for this gem: In order to save a PDF of an email, you need to use a "3D touch", aka press harder, on the print preview:
As a bonus, this only works for phones that support 3D touch, so if you have an iPhone 6 or older, you can't save a PDF of an email.
Re: Right to be forgotten.....
Ok, for the people who still didn't get it, there's no need to use the Wayback Machine. Everything is still on the web for the world to see. The articles just won't show up in Google when you search for the man's name, but might still show up in other search results.