3365 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
Re: Linux please
Chrome OS is based on the Linux kernel, what are you complaining about?
Re: Offline functionality...
I did notice something like this on Google Maps. While abroad, I got driving directions for a different town from the hotel WiFi, and later on the road, I did get a different route after taking a wrong turn. I'm not sure how much leeway it had, though. It's not something I would be keen on experimenting with.
This was the time Google had announced the hacking attempts coming from the Chinese government, isn't it? I don't see what's surprising about American tech companies getting together with the US government to protect themselves from an outside threat. This is not news. I remember reading on The Reg itself that Sergey Brin was given a temporary clearance to attend a security briefing organized by the US government.
So the NSA got together with Google and other companies to defend US interests from hacking attempts. I fail to see what's nefarious about that. If you'll remember, this was a time where the most likely threat of hacking was China, not the NSA. In fact, this would explain the feeling of betrayal displayed by Google when it was announced that the NSA was spying on their internal fiber links…
I assume Maps wants wifi access to be able to find your position… Using wifi to do that uses much less batteries than using the GPS.
Not quite. It may be a fiduciary responsibility to protect the investment of the shareholders, but this would have been achieved more sensibly by agreeing to a settlement with Samsung. Declaring a lawsuit holy war takes more time, costs more money, without necessary bringing more results. It also makes you more enemies.
You might be confusing this with trademark law, which forces a company to defend its trademarks or lose them. Patents don't work that way.
Hipster? Just because he likes wine?
Time to sue the Internet
The internet has become a monopoly for sending information over long distances. "It’s clear that [the Internet] has not achieved this monopoly through offering a better [system], but through its strategic, anti-competitive placement, and it doesn’t take a forensic economist to see that this is evidence of market manipulation".
You have to admit they have balls. Of all the products that Google is offering, Search has to be the one that is the most recognized to have become the first choice through its own merits. If anything, It is rather considered as the reason Google can push its other products down other people's throat…
It was so before Android existed, and is still more popular than Android…
But hey, don't let logic get in the way of your hope for $$$.
I often find myself reacting adversely to this type of advertising. Ignoring the part about the way females will react to it, it also assumes males are easily duped morons who will be swayed by such tricks.
And, if I want porn, I know where to find it, thankyouverymuch.
How about just charging differently for different resolutions? Wouldn't it be simpler? No need for tying the video to the device, or complicated system to check the size of the device?
Let me get this straight
Google receives money from advertisers and passes (some of) it to publisher web sites on which the ads run. And the claim is that Google banned publisher web sites so as not to have to pay them, and did not refund advertisers?
That I understand, the payment threshold is $100. Even with "thousands upon thousands of publishers" thus banned, this is surely pocket change for Google…
Everytime you ask the Register to stop doing something
They do it twice just to annoy you.
Re: They're notifiying who?????
Try your spam folder …
I planned to post a mandatory "WTF AOL still exists" here, but I see it's been taken care of.
Competition means having more than one provider available to each customer, not having many providers who agree not to compete for each other's customers…
In other words, this move would only go in the right direction if Comcast immediately tried to poach the millions of customers it sold to Charter Communications.
Re: I can't believe you guys are so gullible
That's an interesting idea… Rather than creating self-driving cars, let's create remote controlled cars, which is considerably easier, and outsource the driving to India.
There's already way more Indians than Americans and Europeans combined, so no problem there.
I'll insert here patent-busting keywords to make prior art discovery easier: remote controlled car long distance driving teledriving outsourcing automated bullshit.
Re: Good that Google didn't illegally map all private Wifi access points in the EU.
Actually, though Google did do it, this isn't the part which caused them trouble. It was the fact that they recorded packets going through the WiFi while they were driving by which made governments unhappy.
That I know, mapping the WiFi access points has not been judged a violation of privacy, and it is perfectly known that Apples iPhones have been using a similar mapping for years.
Re: Conflicting information
I would check back the article which made the claim about half their money being in the US. That definitely does not fit what I read on the subject.
About the deferred taxes, I suspect Apple does not count this as money they have not yet paid taxes on, but as money they don't intend to pay taxes on, ever.
Re: 1:1 ???
Same question on my mind. I didn't know Minecraft bricks had an official size. What's the length of an edge in linguine?
The investors who cannot yet invest because the share price is too high are barely worth a rounding error for a company with such a massive market cap. I'd be surprised to see any difference, even in volatility.
…Why divide by seven??
What's this silliness about demanding bitcoins back?? I'm pretty certain that all the places in UK that proclaim to accept Euros give back change in pennies; and if you return the next day to ask for a refund, they'll pay you back in Pounds, not Euros.
Even though Bitcoins are accepted, that just means you are provided a transparent Bitcoin-to-Pounds exchange at the current rate, and if you ask for a refund the next day, the store may choose to exchange again their Pounds to your Bitcoins, if they wish, and at the current rate again… Whatever that is.
I don't see how customers could complain about this. Otherwise, you are basically getting the store to buy from you a lottery ticket, which you will buy back the next day only if it is a winning ticket.
The way I see it, the fact that he resigned indicates more than clearly that the allegations were not groundless.
I'm not worried about Horvath finding a job. Any company that is secure in their handling of employees would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate they have nothing to fear.
I would also add: without having the slightest effect. Unless you manage to have many people doing the same and enter the same wrong answer, your input is simply ignored…
Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..
The reason the manufacturers are paying is likely that it is cheaper and simpler to pay a couple of dollars to Microsoft for licensing unknown patents, than to try and fight them in court, which takes a lot of time and money, for a result that is uncertain.
Now, if Microsoft had tried the same kind of deal with Google-owned Motorola Mobility, they would certainly have been rebuffed. Because it is actually worth it for Google to figure out exactly what those famous patents are about, even at the risk of losing an expensive lawsuit.
Now, the fact that Microsoft did not actually sue Motorola, even though they claim that Motorola infringes their patents (since it makes Android phones), indicates that they are not sure of winning, or they don't think it's worth the trouble of a lawsuit against Google, or maybe they simply prefer to keep quiet what the famous patents are. Probably a mix of the three.
Re: Marrissa has worked pretty hard
> Now "I work at Yahoo!" is a euphemism for "I'm too too crap to get a job at Google/Apple/whatever.
That was the case since way before Marissa came...
On the other hand, Yahoo may be a worse employer than Google or Facebook, but it is still a better employer than 80% of the industry, so "too crap" is probably an overstatement. You might as well claim that going to Princeton means you are "too crap" to go to Harvard.
God, common sense!
My secret wish is for Rockstar to appeal this decision all the way to the Supreme Court, and for the Supreme Court to rule that no trial should ever happen in the Eastern district of Texas except when all the parties involved have exclusively existed in that district for at least ten years.
If there is a worse thing than patent trolls, it is the court that legitimates half of patent trolls.
Martian days now getting longer in Opportunity's time zone
The length of days depends on the latitude, not the time zone!
Much better than any card game!
…The computer does all the calculus involved with figuring out what actually happens without forgetting all the modifiers! Oh sorry, was that a feature?
Re: So evil after all..
Don't forget who's the owner of the WP!
Re: Who wants local/regional spectrum?
1) Nobody is going to charge roaming fees inside the country.
2) The goal of the FCC is not, in fact, to make the most amount of money on the auction.
3) AT&T is bluffing.
Soft landing on the ocean
Are they so unsure about ending in the right place? Otherwise, why not do it on the ground in the middle of the desert? Even if it ends up exploding, it seems a better simulation…
And if they are really unsure about controlling the rocket, it seems hardly worth it to add legs to it, considering the only thing they plan to do is to hover gently above the ocean before sinking it.
> Facebook messaging works both online and on mobiles
Do you consider mobiles to be offline?
Re: @article author: reading comprehension FAIL
Thanks for the correction. Looks like the Reg has modified the article now.
Now, if that's what happening, then it makes a lit more sense. No objections from me.
Re: Makes sense
> The US doesn't have a sales tax. That's assessed at the state level and depends on the state.
Ooooh no! Wow, it would be a dream if it were that simple! There are sales taxes which depend on the county, on the town, sometimes even on the part of the town, or the side of the street.
Witness the complexity of this booklet, enumerating the different sales tax rates for Kansas alone!
That is even without counting the different sales tax rates which apply to different types of products, or the special tax rates which only apply to certain seasons of the year.
And it will still be simpler to implement than the absolute clusterfuck that are US sales tax.
Prior art declaration
A system or apparatus for automatically detecting the user is running low on eggs, using weight detectors or optical sensors on the egg tray in the fridge. The system can be configured to automatically order eggs from Amazon or any grocery delivery service.
There. This post constitutes prior art, so this cannot be patented any more.
It looks super cool…
I can't really imagine this really taking off though. When you think of it, there is less than 1% of people who even upgrade a laptop before buying a new one.
I understand the balloons are supposed to communicate peer-to-peer, not use satellites. If you have enough balloons, you have complete coverage.
> the fact that the 3rd party in question is a member of staff is actually relevant
Read again. They accessed the emails of somebody who was not an employee, not a contractor, and who had no relationship at all with Microsoft. He just happened to have information sent to him by a Microsoft ex-employee.
Block Twitter and YouTube just before elections
I will be watching the results of the elections with great anticipation.
My idea to use echolocation to warn the user of incoming lampposts is much better.
And by the way, unless somebody filed a patent for that already, this post will count as prior art. I'll stuff a few keywords to make it easier for the experts to find it: Cell phone echolocation radar sonar detection lamppost wall advance warning system bullshit.
The original request is quite correct: Unicode does not specify color, which nobody complains about.
What they complain about is that Apple had to choose for its font actual pictures of hundreds of faces; and these faces just happen to be all white. It's not so surprising people are complaining. Nowadays, it's pretty rare to see an illustration of a dozen "generic people" that are all white.
Many other fonts skipped the problem by choosing non-realist colors, which is acceptable because they don't represent any race better than any other...
Re: Like the Blues Brothers reference
Now I have a vision of Princess Leia using Glass to aim a rocket launcher… nice!
You may be talking of something different. While certainly there were other phones which had features which the iPhone lacked, the success of the iPhone was largely due to having a UI that was heads and shoulders above the competition. And yes, Apple managed to wrestle exceptional concessions from AT&T just because they wanted the exclusivity on the iPhone; e.g no carrier logo on the phone, no carrier software in the phone.
If only we had some sort of contraption which would allow us to copy and paste in a text file, then run sort on it...
Re: How sensible can you not get?
That was my reaction too, but I admit your example is excellent. I have seen a stylus which acted as an eraser if you used the other end, and I guess that was fine; but actually having different tips you must manually change and take care not to lose has got to be more hassle than using a damn drop down menu.
Re: What's the Point of Encryption?
FYI, there is no indication from the NSA slides that any company, big or small, has willingly let the NSA read its data except under a court order or other legal requirement.
Haskell, Go, Scala, Dart come to mind...
Please let this replace PHP in the long term. There is no way this cannot be an improvement over the original.