3346 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
Growth rates on tiny sales…
Are how Microsoft could claim to have the "fastest-growing" mobile phone platform.
Re: Organised crime is in the wrong business
On one hand it does definitely feel self-serving from these societies to try to make it illegal to not use their services. Especially so considering they give back so little of the money they collect supposedly on the behalf of authors. At this point, they feel very much like a middleman that should be bypassed and made redundant as soon as possible.
On the other hand, there is something to be said for protecting people from exploitative conditions. This is why minimum wage laws exist.
I'm not sure on what ground they can claim that Internet is so different from phone lines that it can't be put under title II, like phone lines…
Oh sorry, I was expecting logic, silly me.
I'm surprised Amazon does not have built-in protections from DDoS attack… After all, it most certainly have such protections for its own websites, you'd think it would be trivial and cheap to offer that to the websites it hosts…
I'm pretty sure Google offers such a thing, though I might be confusing with yet another X-as-a-service.
Re: Google dominance
Seems to be the FTC decided that what Google was doing was bad for the competitors — but not bad enough to kill competition. And in the US at least, Google does face significant competition in about everything they do. They have "only" 2/3 of the US search market, unlike in Europe. And yeah, they are the largest in advertising, but only at around 1/3 market share.
I can't think of any product where Google is able to get away with something that truly sucks. The competition is vicious in pretty much everything they do.
Apart for Google Reader, so they fixed the glitch.
I thought the data would simply be anonymized before it ever reaches the researchers?
Maybe that's not enough, and there is a risk to identify the Guinea pigs…
Re: Good for him… maybe?
"He still will face the jumping bail charges."
For an international arrest warrant which no longer exists?
Yes, very much so. The UK justice system told him to stay put and not run away. When he failed to do so, he broke the law.
On the same line of thought, if he had stolen a car and killed three cops to escape, it would be held against him even if the original charges are dropped. It's common sense.
No matter what Hollywood movies say about it.
Good for him… maybe?
If they decide they still want to him to go to trial, the situation is basically unchanged.
If they decide they don't want him any more, the investigation will be over… And he'll only have to address the little problem of skipping bail in the UK. That might actually be a bigger problem.
If you ask Google to do it in one page, they'd basically have to write: we do anything we want with your data.
Just the list of Google products is probably over one page by now…
Wrong way round
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.
It's the disciples who eat the flesh and blood of the master, no the reverse.
Is the wifi fixed?
We need a grumpy cat icon.
Re: "...and handed the duo US$500 by way of thanks."
I believe Google is actually among those who pay the biggest prizes; they were also in the firsts to do it at all. Until two years ago, finding a critical security bug in Windows earned you a heartfelt thank you.
I believe that in this case, the small sum indicates rather they don't consider the exploit (circumventing spam filters) to be critical.
Re: Why the fuss?
See, that's what is strange to me. What with all the CCTV cameras, the UK look a lot more 1984 than any other country in Europe, even without the ID cards.
I'd like to add that even though people have ID cards over here, it is not mandatory to carry them around.
Why the fuss?
Not being from a common law country, I only have a vague idea of the feelings of people about this. Surely in this age of computers, the government has a pretty good idea of who's living in the country anyway. What's the big deal with having a national ID register?
Again, I'm from the continent, where we all have ID cards; from my point of view, the complaining feels as strange as Americans fighting for their gun rights…
Any info on how the new tax will be legal under European laws? That I understand, there is no way the UK can tax Google Ireland, and the part where Google Ireland can declare all its profits in Ireland is one of the big features of the single market thing.
I mean, Google is most definitely taking advantage of the economy nurtured by the UK government without paying much in return; but at the moment, it seems like the UK government can do sweet FA about it…
Re: Weak article
The point of an e-bike is not to go faster than a normal bike, it's to be less tiring.
Whatever happens, it's going to take years. Almunia tried to solve this the quick way, and that ended up taking so long he couldn't manage to end it during his term.
And now, it's starting all over again from the beginning. In two years, maybe we'll know whether litigation will happen. And if it does, it will take ten years. And by the time it's over the whole thing will be irrelevant.
Ellis also faces a charge of domestic assault with a dangerous weapon – the brand of laptop is unknown –
Thanks for this one, I needed the laugh.
Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?
I'm curious, what do people need SD cards for? The lowest of the low phones comes with 16GB nowadays, and I only use 10. Are you keeping all your holidays videos from the past ten years on your phone?
Re: Built in battery, no SD slot, no waterproofing?
It's the Sony phones that all have waterproofing, not the Samsung.
That said, I agree that removable batteries and SD slots are not important for the vast majority of users.
So A uploads legit copy as backup, B uploads pirated copy, deduplication takes over. RIAA want A's legit copy removed... :boggle
Pirated copies are not usually similar to legit copies, since they omit all the crap. It's rather than the same pirated copy was available under multiple addresses, and the RIAA wanted a complaint for one single address to take down all the others.
Allegedly, internal communication of Mega shows that they were deliberately not doing it. Also allegedly, you are not allowed to backup your legit copy…
Re: Um, what?
I don't think Safari, Chrome, and Opera all using a version of WebKit is a good thing.
You can be happy then. Chrome has forked WebKit into something called Blink…
That's not so much
Maybe I'm jaded, but if the hottest competition between Google and Apple only yields $25M, then they probably don't believe all that much in the new TLDs either.
With a name like that for the event, how could it be about anything else than watches…?
Let the feathers fly.
Amazon is not making money either
So what? It's still useful. Should we complain?
Re: Which begs the question
How much of that is porn?
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Stopped reading right there.
Re: Err ...
I suspect that when he writes "in a business sense", he means where Google makes it money. And that is indeed 90% coming from the ad business.
Obviously, Google does a lot of other things, some which directly support the ad business, some which only do so very tangentially.
It's also end of a dream which saw operators as custodians of the electronic wallet.
Re: Everything is awesome is AWESOME!
It did not, however, "triumph in the Best Song category", unless by triumph you mean "happen to be at the top of the list in the linked page, just above the actual winner" which was "Glory" from Selma.
They did sign a deal with Mattel…
But for a me version of the Viewmaster. I don't recall any mention of ads, but you never know…
Re: Fuck ads and all who serve them up
It's a weird thing… Companies like Google generally only make money if somebody actually clicks on their ads. Just displaying an ad does not earn them a cent. Yet they make a shitload of money, which must mean that somehow, there are people who click on a whole bunch of ads.
We must assume these people don't mind ads. And no, I don't know who they are either.
Re: "Branch" line
And through justification of original purpose we can happily accept the removal of tax. Because it was designed as a way for the king to fund his lifestyle/wars by taking only from the rich
Taxes are now used to pay for necessities which make it possible to have a successful society: Roads, infrastructure, a functional justice system. The aim of the tax system is to fund all of these while hindering economic activity as least as possible. Declaring taxes in multiple countries is a bad idea for small businesses, because it would cost them a lot in accountants and return a pittance. Doing so for large companies would cost them a rounding error in accountants and have much higher returns.
Conflating the idea of stealing with nurture is both twisted but unfortunately popular (as it was with the various socialist paradises). To nurture success is to allow progress and not hinder (see above explanation). To generate wealth is to free the population (the people) to work, to earn, to spend freely (again the opposite to taking their money from them).
You need to invest to get returns. You need to pay salaries to have people work for you. You need to pay taxes to have a functioning country. You might claim that not investing, not paying salaries, and not paying taxes is the right thing to do in order to have more money, by simply spending less.
And that would be wrong.
As for a country that generates nothing it will struggle regardless of the tax level, although it would be very difficult (if not impossible) to get out of the situation with high tax levels.
What is exactly produced by Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands, do you think? Do you believe these places to be struggling?
Re: "Branch" line
There is an idea to that. The rule that companies are only taxed in their resident countries were written to help small companies and save them the hassle from declaring taxes to half a dozen country.
In the case of large multinational corporations, which do control a company in UK anyway, you might argue that such a helping hand is not necessary: They are already declaring taxes, just for a different activity.
Changing the current laws to insist that companies should pay tax in the country where they earn the money as long as they control a company there does not seem complex (though it might be hard to actually get politicians to do it).
One must only beware of the law of unintended consequences. Microsoft might decide that closing their UK offices could be more beneficial if it allows them to save enough tax.
About the "robbing" comment: Between the country which nurtures success and generates wealth, and the country which generates nothing but sets its corporate tax lower, I find it hard to think that the latter merits more money than the former.
Funny how a feature which would be a very successful product for a start-up, worthy of being valued millions or billions, turns into an also-ran product faced to the global strategy of a big corporation.
Not that Microsoft is alone in doing these types of decision. Apple and Google have both been known to sacrifice products more successful than Rooms to make place for an upcoming great idea.
If you needed any more proof that more competition is necessary, you have it. AT&T is rolling out fiber in the only city where it is already available. How useful.
Re: People will still buy them
Don't be so negative, it's going to be accurate within 50 milliseconds!
When you miss your train because your Pebble was late by 500 milliseconds, you'll wish you had a real watch; an Apple watch.
Saving stuff on the cloud was made for people like me
I recently threw away my university memories.
I bought a server with 1TB for the express purpose of safekeeping all the stuff I had when I left university eight years ago.
The server has sat unused in a corner of my flat for the last three years; I'm not even sure it could still boot. When I moved to a new place last month, I just brought it to the garbage dump because I couldn't bother.
I currently have a Synology for my backups. Hope it works better.
He's just shy
They're not used to let the public know much in Belarus…
I do think that his hypothetical scenario reflects more his fantasies than reality, though.
Google has a service which gives access to your account to designated people if you don't use it for X months or answer to a few reminders. Does Facebook ask for a death certificate?
Re: Apple who?
designing a product that only a geek would love and foisting it on the world had a fairly predictable reaction
Which is why they tried their hardest to make it a consumer product. If they had designed it for geeks, they'd have gone for an augmented reality thing covering half your face.
There are various reasons Glass was not successful, mostly that it does little that is really useful; but "being designed for geeks" was not one of them.
Growth from zero is always fast
Swift still ranks lower than the likes of Go and Haskell.
Read the article again, he's right
Currently, if Google decides to accept a request and hide the link to an article for some searches, there is no recourse for the owner of the web site. They might try to convince Google, but they cannot appeal to privacy regulators the way the original requestor could, had the request been rejected.
This is because though the ECJ has ruled people had a "right to be forgotten", they did not include a "right to be heard". There is basically no law that can force Google to display a link. In fact, they often demote sites while tweaking algorithms, or to punish SEO abusers, and nobody has a say in the matter.
Letting companies sue governments for lost profits
I simply cannot understand how anyone would dare propose such a legislation. I can't remember of anything even remotely close to this. How is a government to ever curb the misdeeds of a profitable company with such a rule?
"Oh hey, you discovered we were insanely profitable because we were actually spreading a new type of pollutant. If you make it illegal to do it, you'll have to pay us for any profit loss incurred by the new rule."
"The important protections that President Obama and others have supported and that we have fought bitterly– no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization and transparency of business practices –can be enacted without the significant regulatory baggage that comes with public utility regulation; until we complain the FCC has no right to enact those rules because we are not a public utility."
FTFY, Michael Powell…