91 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009
Now that is a REALLY impressive time to waste while looking busy. I struggle with just a Friday afternoon!
Look at this from the opposite side: Google would probably have paid 9bn just for the patents so they can help defend or deflect lawsuits. They know they are weak on mobile patents and open to attack from (mainly) Apple.
The attached company is irrelevant. 9bn was for the patents, sales of any assets are a nice bonus.
Google ARE to blame here
They spend countless billions and employ the brightest people on the planet to make search results eminently relevant and useful, then blow it in a single stroke by placing paid adverts at the top of the list.
There's no problem with Google placing adverts on any of their pages, just don't make them look like organic search results.
Also, to answer "who sees Google adverts anyway?" - that would be exactly the kind of people likely to be fooled by those fake services.
Another battery technology that we won't be seeing in the real world any time soon...
This is great, BUT....
It should be a tenner, not almost £100!
As mentioned multiple times by reviewer, it's really aimed at the casual user. As such, it needs a `casual` price.
I checked the latest ie11 on Windows 7 the other day and was pleasantly surprised by the snappiness compared to Firefox. It was noticable, which means Mozilla are slacking.
Lets face it, the interface of a browser was `finished` a long time ago and now it's just mostly eye-candy and implementing the design vogue of the week.
Re: "The Fruity Firm"
Or ever be born...
And the lawyers keep on getting richer....
“a narrow-band terahertz carrier is photonically generated by mixing comb lines of a mode-locked laser in a uni-travelling-carrier photodiode. The uni-travelling-carrier photodiode output is then radiated over a beam-focusing antenna. The signal is received by a millimetre-wave monolithic integrated circuit comprising novel terahertz mixers and amplifiers.”
A whole paragraph of awesome!
Early Jack Ryan novels were good (Red October etc). The `Net Force` series, well....
Too early to go though, people regard 66 as `middle aged` these days.
"RIM, on the other hand, understood the smartphone sector"
I read the article up to this sentence and then couldn't read any further due to the tears of laughter clouding my vision...
As has been said before, we should fill all our communications with terror-related words, but.....
I'm afraid to be the first one to do it.
That is is fucking AWESOME to watch.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD - Just have two OS types. It's a massive reduction from the many, many previous editions of Windows. (eg. Vista) You don't see Apple trying to shoehorn it's desktop OS on to mobile platforms. Sure, share codebase & whatever compatibility makes sense, but this is (still) madness.
However, decades-old dictionaries are still fairly useful.
Please stop moaning about the added ! after every word in the headline when the article is something to do with Yahoo! It was funny once, about 100 years ago. Now it is just annoying.
It will be interesting to see if the general public accept this new paradigm of software `ownership` because it's a one-chance opportunity to nip it in the bud. If Microsoft make this console a success, it pretty much paves the way for ALL future consoles to follow their lead since it's the holy grail of publisher control. This is Joe public's last chance to stand up for what's right.... don't squander it.
Maybe they only want to support one pointless language?
Re: No more worrying about Graphic card memory
What woule be nice for gaming with a discrete 3D graphics card is if the new on-processor APU could be re-tasked to help with something like physics or AI.
I too had a logical disconnect reading the article and looking at the picture... "filled with molten rock" with a picture of a snowcapped mountain! A genuine WTF? moment.
The bigger story...
Is that this guy is the life and soul of a dinner party.....
Strange usage of `anonymised` since my voice doesn't have an ID number and it can be easily recognised in a number of ways. Of course, Apple (or any other similar corporation) would never use pattern matching to link `anonymised` voices with recent `known` voices.
Re: It's basically a licence to print money
It's basically a licence to print money
and only governments can be trusted with that kind of responsibilty!
More annoying than adverts...
Are all the smug gits shouting "Ads? What ads?"
We get it, you're clever enough to download AdBlock...
Re: Just curious
Just out of curiosity, what was the black market value of the user data? If it's over 250k then they're laughing, and it could be a new revenue stream for unscrupulous companies. Just sell their user data to the highest bidder, say it was hacked, take the fine & pocket a tidy sum.
I am mourning the demise of HMV, and I did go in there a lot.
To look at, or try somethhing i'm interested in so I can order it online!
Excellent. I live on a hill and it's feckin freezing at the moment, so bring on the extra 5 degrees!
"if our rulers are too stupid to write decent laws that can't be twisted then more fool them."
This one sentence illustrates the author's ignorance of the realities of virtually every biological system and mechanism in the world, since the beginning of time. Every creature (including us humans) on the planet is trying to out-perform, out-think, out-evolve and outwit it's adversaries and to say that laws should be written "perfect" is ridiculous. Or, to put it more simply: There's always someone smarter than you.
Laws will be twisted, better laws will be passed, more loopholes will be found. Repeat ad-infinitum. (Until the revolution of course)
Re: FFS !
This comment just about sums up the apathy of the common man. What if everyone through the ages thought "what's the point in trying to improve?"
Re: PFLP anyone?
Do people really succumb to these kind of adverts? I can't imagine a situation ever arising where I'm searching my computer for something then see an advert (even if it was supremely relevant) and click to buy it. I'm not even saying I'm immune to advertising; when the `Crunchy Nut` adverts appear I have been known to suddenly fancy a bowl.
Re: Dear gubbinment
We buy lots of items from Amazon and over half of them come with claimable VAT invoices.
Play.com on the other hand....
You provided your own answer, it's saved millions of people on this already overpopulated planet....
Sony the brand
As far as I'm concerned, Sony as a brand is forever tarnished by their dubious behaviour over the last few years. I'm not saying I wouldn't buy anything of theirs, but there would have to be a very good reason (significantly better, cheaper etc) for me to choose a Sony product over another manufacturer.
Re: A bit off topic but...
The OS is getting more and more `dumbed down` and for savvy users it's taking more time to turn off all the safeties and configure a new install to your own preference. What is really needed is a question on install that asks "Do you know what you are doing?" and then dispenses with all the nagging questions.
The problem is of course, that most users will just click yes without actually reading the question, so what we need is another question to check you really meant to click yes. The problem is of course, that most users.....
"cats are likely killing more than four billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds"
Survival of the fittest at work, look what's happening to us humans now that particular evolutionary mechanism has been (almost) nullified.
Sauce is what you put on food you don't like the taste of...
I do like reading the global warming articles alternately confirming/debunking theories on what is happing or going to happen next, and I have reached a conclusion from them all:
We haven't a f'kin clue what's going to happen, and that lack of `a clue` increases the further forward in time we go...
Imho not as impressive as the original because it's fake. Looking at the original `blue marble` photo makes me imagine what it would have been like to actually look at that view, and be in the boots of that astronaut. Looking at the new one makes me think `looks like Google Earth`.
"What Face Book did was NO mistake."
If you look at it another way, his mistake was thinking they could get away with it.
Completely true, but like most smart-asses you've missed the point that they should NOT be doing it in the first place.
Traffic lights are just another example of a rule that an increasing number of drivers consider "optional". Just like indicating, speed limits, due care and all sorts of other "me me me" behaviour. It's part of the wider erosion of consideration for our fellow human beings, and cars bring out the worst of that mentality.
Any two-legged robot is doomed to failure unless it can get itself up after falling over.
Covering bacon with ANYTHING except a couple of slices of bread dipped in lard is a waste of good bacon.
Ebay should concentrate on making a great auction site and stop all the messing around trying to be some shopping `destination`. It now comes under the heading `have to use it` rather than `want to`. (Like Paypal did a long time ago)
Just as always, stories of magnetic tech reaching insurmountable physical limits and now there seems a way to improve it dramatically. You'll never catch me saying `well, that's it for X technology`.
I don't care who wins, just that PayPal gets some serious competition and a kick up the arse. Maybe then they will sort themselves out. I bet most people only use PayPay because they have to.
You we're lucky. When I were a lad....
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?