3394 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
Re: why Microsoft thought it would make sense on a desktop
Microsoft had zero developers for its mobile phones. No developers means no apps, means no users, means no developers, etc. Putting TIFKAM on desktop was a way to bootstrap development on mobile, by getting the countless developers for desktop Windows interested.
Did Gabriel García Márquez know about this town?
Sounds like one of his novels. Doesn't end well either.
This deal would not cause less competition!
…Because they are already not competing. I think that's an argument actually advanced by the two companies.
They're catching on!
Remember the coding marathon to implement the Higgs boson in their universe in time for the opening of the LHC?
Re: Re: Surprise!!
No innovation on original iPhone.
I also had a smartphone before the iPhone (a Palm). And let me tell you, the UI of the iPhone was heads and shoulders above it. It's easy to forget now that all phones are like that, but there really was nothing comparable at the time.
In particular, I don't think any other phone had swiping and pinch to zoom, which were a game changer for surfing the web using a small screen.
Re: Driving test?
The reason tests for computers are more strict is that computers cannot be expected to have common sense.
E.g if the whole road has disappeared due to a landslide, the human is expected to stop; no need to test the situation. But you need to check what the computer will do.
There is a special kind of hell…
For people who represent percentages as concentric circles, with the percentage represented by the radius instead of the area.
I understand that the concentric circles are useful to represent a series of consecutively included percentages, but the area is all wrong.
Should be a good one
Since it's an odd number. Right?
I assume his definition of gender equality means that about the same proportion of every gender should prefer to go into coding… Implying the reason for the current imbalance is that society at large is telling girls that women are not good at coding, and they should become nurse/housewife/stripper instead.
And yeah, it's all very fine to give everyone the same opportunity when people laugh at you if you try to take it.
Re: Hiding information NOT an impediment to Free Speech? Seriously?
Google is quite happy to ignore freedom of speech when it comes to dealing with China and other dictatorships.
This comment is not accurate anymore… Google has stopped censoring results in China some years ago.
I understand that implementing the COPA rules can be a bitch to do properly, if you did not prepare for it from the beginning. More so when your business model is based on user information, I dare say…
maybe they should call it…
Re: Logic fail
My hope is that he is eventually, after many years, caught; sent to Sweden; trialled; then sentenced to a week of community service. I think the worst punishment for him would be when he realizes that there is in fact no extradition awaiting because nobody cares about him anymore.
Toe the line. Not tow.
Whac-a-mole comes to mind…
Honestly, I fail to see why PGP would have to be backward-compatible with business cards. Surely there's millions of apps that are more practical for exchanging contact information than handing over little pieces of dead trees. If you must, how about printing a QR code of the key on the back of the card?
As to the gripes about email clients, that's the fault of the mail clients, not PGP. It might be that nobody has cracked the proper UI, because let's face it, so few users care…
So the taxi business is overregulated. Regulate it less, then. I don't think it's difficult to find unnecessary rules that were added to protect incumbents.
I don't think it's about the business model in itself. Uber and taxi companies have practically the same one; it's just that Uber is less constrained by regulations. For instance, it hardly seems possible or worth it to be a part-time cabby, due to all the rules they have to satisfy.
How does this make sense??
So you're a shareholder, and you want the company to pay you… Thus diminishing the value of the company you partly own…
Seems like at best, this is a no-op; and that's without counting lawyer's fees!
Yeah, I don't get it either. And yet Google makes money somehow, so people must be indeed clicking. And businesses keep buying ads, so they must be convinced that the people who come to their web site because of an ad really wanted to go there, and did not do a fat finger mistake.
I have never met anybody who clicks on ads, yet they must exist. They are the dark matter of the Internet.
What is Hachette contributing?
Not that I like Amazon's tactics, but what is Hachette contributing to the authors it is publishing? Is this something that Amazon would be able to provide by themselves?
I'm aware that publishers review books, do some editing and choose artwork, and should be compensated for this, but the vast majority of what they used to do (advancing money to actually print thousands of books and distribute them world wide) can be done vastly more efficiently with e-books.
Is it really justified for them to get as much money as the author?
I would posit that way over 50% are performing below average. I would however agree that almost exactly 50% are performing below the median.
Slebs cannot have anything removed. What they do is "public interest." At least, that's what I understood.
chicken, egg, etc.
I'm not sure if the effort should be admired or ridiculed. I guess Samsung is really not happy to be dependent on Google.
I wonder why they are going for Russia first. Maybe that is considered an easier big market where Microsoft is not already trying to grab whatever's left after Android and iOs…? I'm not sure it helps finding developers, though.
Re: Price of iron?
Unless people like Google have found out how to build thousands of powerful servers much more cheaply than experienced manufacturers like IBM. If so, they could indulge in vertical integration and make their own servers instead of buying them.
Unless I'm mistaken, Google (and Facebook, and Amazon, and Microsoft) have been doing that for years. This is not necessarly because they have more knowledge than IBM, but because they have very specific needs, and can take some very specific shortcuts.
One example is that IBM servers, even when built for racks, seem to have graphic cards. I would be extremely surprised if cloud giants bothered with such a thing for machines in their data centres.
However, the A29WP will not be producing any such guidelines for search engines.
Do they plan to contribute at all to the process of figuring out what is the so-called right to be forgotten? Or do they want Google to keep blundering in the dark until they get sued again, and a new ruling of the ECJ adds one more data point?
Sorry, but no. That is incorrect.
If there is a web page mentioning John Smith and Joe Bloggs, and Joe Bloggs asks Google to remove the link from search results for his name, the web page will still show up when searching for John Smith, as it will for any other queries that are relevant, such as "bothering a goat" or such.
Re: The polluter pays...
The analogy is poor on multiple fronts. On one hand, this is blaming the river for being polluted. On the other hand, what they call "pollution" is what Google thinks people want to read. The reason the links appear in results is because users liked them, and have clicked on them.
By just calling it pollution and blaming it on Google, the ICO are avoiding their job, which would be to define what is pollution in the first place…
But hey, if they want Google to decide what is in the public interest, they only have to say the word. I'm sure Google will be very happy to go back to displaying everything like before the ruling happened.
Re: Why have I vanished?
The warning shows up for practically any search result that looks like a name. This is Google's way to "be transparent" and warn users that the "pure Google results" may have been tampered with, without actually pointing the finger to the individuals who asked for results to be removed. They tend to act a bit like a Prima Donna on the subject.
But despite the warning, chances are nothing has been removed at all from results when you search for your name, and in the unlikely event that it has, it would be for articles that are about the other guy who has the same name.
Isn't that the reverse?
The way it looks to me, it's not that Almunia finds Google's proposition insufficient and is giving to Google yet another chance. It's rather that every time he declares himself satisfied, and every time he faces a barrage of complaints through every channel asking him to demand more from Google, or if possible, drop the whole settlement idea.
What is happening now is not that Google gets another chance to revise its offer, it's that the competitors get another chance to complain. Almunia has not even asked Google to change anything at this moment.
And the fun part is that even though this has been four years, it is the fast process. If Almunia eventually decides to go with the flow and start an antitrust investigation of Google, we'll still be waiting for the end in ten years.
Feels like déjà vu
Seems like every few months, it is announced that Almunia, under pressure, will reexamine once more the complaints of the competitors. As if there was anything new to the debate. So far, he's always decided to go ahead, though. It's impressive he's still willing to fight for this settlement, considering the quantity of people, regulators and politicians, who dream of sticking it to the Google.
"disrupt the process"
I think the only thing Google has to do to disrupt the process is to say: "We are looking forward to implement the rules exactly as you gentlemen will agree them to be." Chances of the countries agreeing on small details is practically nil.
Maybe we will end up with some links removed from google.de and google.fr, but not google.it and google.co.uk, because minority persons are granted an additional 3 points of forgettability, but only in countries where the minority group is officially recognized as such...
Re: Verizon can STFU & FOAD, Kthxbai.
I sense much anger in you!
Re: Now ? @Ratfox
Yeah, well, the law disagrees with your humble opinion there. Even criminals have rights. Their mugshots may be public, but their image is still their property to defend.
Re: Now ?
Things like that can and have been done. One famous case is Roman Polanski suing in UK Vanity Fair (published in US), without ever leaving France. If Call Of Duty is sold in Germany or some other country with strong privacy laws, then it might well be possible for Noriega to sue them there and win.
+1 for numbers per manufacturer. Apple has very few models; in fact, it has only two new models, and the older ones serve as cheap options. Samsung has many different models, so it makes sense that none of them would be top seller.
But more importantly, it would be nice to have actual numbers, instead of just a ranking. As of now, the iPhone 5S could sell ten times more than all other phones combined, or 1% more from the second ranked… As it is, I find the report next to useless.
Re: slagging off the competition
I don't think Samsung invented this kind of ads… I remember a series of ads from last decade, comparing a cool young guy who was buying from a trendy company, and an boring old man who was buying the "standard". I think the second guy was a "PC", and I can't quit remember what the other one was…
Google getting involved in car making is likely as popular in Detroit as the Chocolate firm’s decision among handset makers to buy Nokia’s phone business... which is to say, not.
You mean Microsoft, right? Or Google buying Motorola, maybe?
Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
If I had to code that ping thing, I'd hack it in a scripting language like python, for minimum amount of coding time and risk. If you manage to write a ping program that crashes the machine, you have no business being a programmer anyway.
Now, trying to write a ping program in C so that it is the most efficient possible sounds to me like a waste of engineering time, make it more work to maintain, and in the end you are if anything more likely to have a memory leak.
"extended stay in shelters.”
The thing is, Israelis hardly need to stay in shelters. Whatever rockets the Hama's is throwing at them has a miserable effect. If you live in Israel, you have orders of magnitude more chance to die of cancer, in a car accident, or of old age than from terrorist attacks.
When they threaten Israel, Hamas really underscore how much they are powerless.
Re: Idiot's Solution
To top it all you can even charge the batteries using the internal combustion engine for maximum inefficiency!
As opposed to using your brakes to generate useless heat? You have to look a bit further than your nose to solve complex problems. E.g, band energy and peak energy don't have the same worth.
You think all the taxis are switching to hybrids because it looks cool? They looked at the average consumption of a Prius, and they know how much they are saving.
Will have to remove the bloat first
I'm afraid Microsoft has forgotten all how they managed to make us buy new computers in order to
runcrawl their latest OS.
…to switch to Linux!
I vaguely remember a time where there was basically one way to watch a movie, or perhaps two until Betamax died and VHS reigned supreme. Now, it seems like there are a dozen different options with attached trade-offs and lock-ins.
Why did we end up in this situation? Or maybe I am wrong in regretting the good old times? Were we getting fleeced by the monopoly offer?
That I don't live in the US, I mean.
"I’m baffled as to why you’d elect to take so moral a tack, which is, in and of itself, morally suspect. As the pornographer in this conversation, I should be the one surrounded by an air of moral turpitude."
Truly, this paragraph is full of win.
There's no such thing as bad publicity. Thanks to this lawsuit, thousands of lawyers are going to know she exists. Few of them are above making a silly lawsuit for a big splash of fame.
Notably missing from the "Tech Giants": Oracle, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung…
The next world war will be a patent war.
Re: what's missing?
If data is not on Google, you can hope another search engine will find it. If nobody can find it, then the data might as well not exist…