514 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009
Re: Well, that screws...
Interesting... I get plenty of downvotes here for accusing Google of being evil on a par with Murdoch, yet when I comment here about how dangerous the amount of power Google has over our data from pre-cradle to grave I get upvoted...
Either people need to make up their minds over some things, or someone out there is running scripts to auto-downvote anything that accuses Google of being evil...
Re: Well, that screws...
"Yes, the slime bag IS that bad."
Google's "Don't be evil" has been screwed for ages - between Murdoch's phone hacking escapades and Google's email reading for profiling purposes, this is more like a match made in hell than a priest hiding satan.
Healthcare information stored on Google?
Well, shit. Welcome to Google Britain! As of now, we are part of the collective - every mother-to-be's records will be on Google, ergo Google will have complete records on every child from before they're even born.
Add this to Google glass - probably with an addition of transmitting audio as well as visual data back to base - and we're watched, monitored and profiled from cradle to grave, with Google in a position to push us onto whatever path they choose.
This kind of power is dangerous beyond the comprehension of most and needs to be broken before it's too late - if it isn't already.
As long as it runs Android...
... it'll never be secure.
... before Apple sue them for that case design?
Re: DEATH to in-app-purchases!!
"Pay-to-win in app stuff is horrific, I agree!"
I would be the first to concur with this - as a game developer, I find what has happened recently (Dungeon Keeper, Candy Crush etc.) absolutely abhorrent.
However... (here come those downvotes!)
... when faced with the fact that the operating system that covers around 70% of devices worldwide has the highest maintenance overhead and a 90% piracy rate, what can a developer do to ensure that he can pay his bills/software licences and possibly get a couple of beers out of it?
This is a dilemma I'm all too familiar with right now, as my latest game moves towards cross-platform testable state. I've already decided that I will be using the free-trial-paid-full-version model on Windows Phone and iOS... but what about Android? On one hand, I'd like to reach as wide an audience as possible, but on the other, I'm reluctant to spend the time porting and supporting when I'm 99% sure I won't see any return for my efforts.
My current thoughts for Android is to release the free trial only - cracking it to get the full version will not be possible as the code and content simply will not be there. Once this is out - along with the trial and paid versions on the other platforms, and assuming that there's demand for the full version on Android, I'd then start a kickstarter - if the goal is met, the full version gets put out on Android for free...
... unless anyone else has any bright ideas on how to get round the Android piracy problem...
Robotics, genetics, emergent behaviour...
Coming in 30 years time: humanity 2.0 as defined by the Googleborg
Re: Now if they can get ports the other way
Yeah, WinPhone to Android is currently taking me about 1-2 hours on average, plus a bit of testing time.
Anything that starts taking much over a couple of days - chances are I won't bother with launching it on Android. Wouldn't want to waste any more of my time on an ecosystem with an approx 90% piracy rate.
Re: Now if they can get ports the other way
"That is mainly because I have never seen a WinPho in the wild."
... and exactly what is the top speed of your tractor? :P
Re: It's not a feeder for Windows Phone
I see them every day on the tube.
Moreover, I was at an expo this weekend gone, demoing a new game that I'm hoping to launch in the summer. Anyway, I got chatting to a couple of would-be indie devs, and told them that while the demo was on a PC, the target platform would be mobile devices. And since I'd been working with the general public all day, I said "iPhones, Androids and so on".
Said devs promptly pulled out Windows Phones and said "What about these?"
Seconds later, as I was explaining to them that Windows Phone is our first-choice mobile platform to develop for, one of the exhibition organisers wandered by, saw what we were chatting about and joined in - another WinPhone.
We also got interviewed by a Youtube games channel, using a high-end Lumia as their camera.
Yes, this was just a few people from the hundreds who were at the expo. But the point is, Windows Phones are out there, and growing in number. All the Google apologists and knee-jerk "because it's Microsoft" crew - get over yourselves.
Hopefully the same sort of thing will happen to King.com and they're on the verge of a collapse into obscurity....
The presence of this single word in the screenshot is somewhat reassuring.
"still doesn't answer the question of what would have happened had Nokia launched "true" Google Android devices."
Easy - you would have had your every move monitored, read and profiled by Google.
Not to say that the same won't happen with Nokia and Microsoft, but I feel a lot more confident about not having my emails read by them.
Re: Forking from the inside.
"DRM is extremely useful if you've sunk months or years into an app and don't want to see it appearing on various piracy websites loaded up with malware."
Wow. Nearly a full day since your comment supporting DRM being used to prevent piracy and nobody (at the time I started this reply) had downvoted it!
Respect to you! Normally any attempt at putting a positive spin on DRM or anti-piracy measures are only met with howls of derision! I guess the average commentard has finally begun to realise that developers have bills too...
Wheat from chaff...
Well, I guess this will at least sort out the true supporters of open source from the Google FUD spreaders...
Re: Wrong kind of differentiator
because: PEOPLE *LIKE* BEING SPIED UPON
Re: I get it!
... and Google knows exactly how long you laughed for, the tone and frequency of your laughter and where you were when you laughed, and is currently adding all the local joke stores and commedy clubs to your targeted advertising profile...
... unless you were over-maniacal about it, in which case you've been added to the GCHQ's "watch" list.
"It merely demonstrates that hardly anyone trusts Microsoft"
Personally, I trust no large organisation - right now, Google rings far more alarm bells than Microsoft on the "trust" scale, but I digress... The point is that by blanket-banning .doc, you're taking away choice. Like the browser wars - yep, Microsoft were caught bang-to-rights and were forced to allow people to choose the browser they wanted.
I also detest hypocrites - and taking away the ability to choose a format offered by someone you've already forced to allow choice over something else is blatent hypocracy.
"The software giant has issued an open letter to its partners in the UK, urging them to submit comments on the Cabinet Office proposal to the effect that Her Majesty's government should be allowed to continue to use Microsoft file formats."
... in other words, Microsoft has asked that .doc etc. format use should still be allowed. Nothing about using it in place of ODF.
Show me the documentation where Microsoft are appealing that .doc is used instead of ODF. Until then, this is just click/anti-microsoft-troll bait.
Eadon, is that you?
"You probably don't because over your life you have accepted tourists all have their cameras out" - that's because we acclimatised to the camera before the advent of cloud storage, data mining, facial recognition, profiling and targeted advertising.
Also, a single snapshot or a few seconds of video in a well-broadcasted spot tells people very little more than "I was at location [x] on [time and date]". Whereas the idea that a significant number of people around me could be constantly recording and sending their data back to base is a worry - combine this with Google's current dabbling in robotics, and it could end up something like this...
On the list...
It's the third item on the "Do" list that makes me laugh:
"Ask for permission. Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends (see Don’ts #4). The Glass camera function is no different from a cell phone so behave as you would with your phone and ask permission before taking photos or videos of others."
So Google want us to ask for permission to capture data (visual data), while sifting through our emails, web activity etc., to profile us with no opt-out or comeback?
Hello pot, this is kettle...
I can see the Reg headlines now...
Candy®! Crush®! Saga®! buys®! Yahoo®! and®! Facebook®!... bitch®!
Kind of like Google killed the competition of search engines and now following their rules in order to gain search ranking and thus ensure your business's presence on the web is also mandatory?
Re: Care-o-meter: LOW <-----------------> HIGH
Not so much cheering them on, as much as countering some of the Microsoft-sponsored bullshit being spread around
Ah, but who's countering the counter-bullshit? I understand that Microsoft have done some pretty crappy things in past, but that only makes me more cautious towards Google. I'd be the first to agree that all the big IT players need watching - but right now, there's a bit too much pro-Google going on on here these days, and given practices like astroturfing, I'm all the more sceptical.
Re: Care-o-meter: LOW <-----------------> HIGH
"What's changed in the last couple of years?" - people have become more aware of how Google are abusing their ability to gather and profile data. I for one certainly do not want my emails read through, scanned, profiled and used to force advertising onto me/sold to the highest bidder/passed over to the NSA...
The problem is that Google have gotten too damn big and powerful. Everyone complained that Microsoft forced IE on people a few years back - Google have effectively forced themselves on everyone by the creation of a puppet industry (SEO) which dictates what tracking and markup should be used on swathes of high-profile websites: if you don't have this, you don't get on the search ranking, so you lose business. So until suitable competition can gain traction in the search market, it can be surmised that Google effectively own the internet (or most the useful bits at least). This is far more dangerous than any forcing of browser choice - I can't choose to block sites that use Google analytics, for example. I'm amazed that anyone is still cheering them on.
Intergral part of my childhood
Space Harrier was probably my all-time favourite arcade game - many hours spent trying to navigate the break-neck "fast dodge" levels (4 and 11, think there was one more but never made it that far). Often imitated, never equaled.
I'd pay good money to see a decent mobile remake of this - tilt to move, tap to shoot, relentless and unforgiving.
I still hear the words "Flappy Bird" but interpret them as "mother in law"...
"... and they're working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone, while allowing them to further track, profile and spy on you."
Re: It's not surprising it failed
"Alternatively they would sell it at $1 and everybody would moan that it was too expensive for a phone game."
Google Fiber? On a cold day in hell...
Thanks to the fact that Google effectively owns all major websites via it's puppet industry (SEO), it's already hard enough to do anything on the internet without them tracking and profiling me in some way. Putting a data line into my house that they control so that every single bit that flows in or out of my systems can be tracked, monitored, profiled and sold to the highest bidder? That's just crazy.
No doubt Google will find some way to offer this for free once it goes wide-scale, thus tempting the uneducated masses, just as they have done for Gmail, Youtube, etc.
Not in my house. Not on my watch.
When I first heard about "Flappy Bird..."
... I thought they were talking about the mother-in-law!
... you've missed something based on Linux being borged and becoming an evil controlled by Overlord Google.
Another brick in the wall...?
Unification of Android? Hmmm, interesting. Difficult to flood something with adverts/mine data from something that is not completely under your control...
Has the openness of Android backfired on Google, and now they're trying desperately to wrestle back control over the various forks?
If they do manage it, what then? What comes next? What other little "requirements" will be added on top of this until all of a sudden, Android is firmly in a Google-shaped walled garden, with all the adverts and spying that such a thing would entail?
And worst of all - how many of the Google-hugging brigade would embrace this without a thought, all the while still crying out about how evil Microsoft is?
The wheel of history turns...
Apple isn't selling a product - it's selling a brand, and with it comes brand loyalty. The "walled garden" approach - reviled by so many - helps keeps piracy down and shield those who have bought into the brand from crapware. Consequently, Apple customers are happier that they have bought into a premium brand and show their loyalty to that brand by their willingness to pay for apps etc.
On the other hand, say "Google" and people think "web search". Or "adverts". Or even - given recent events - "spying". The Android OS, fragmented across however many different device manufacturers, does little to inspire brand loyalty (the average Joe on the street buys "Samsung", not "Android"), and the openness - while a great idea in principle - is flawed due to how easily it is exploited, hence Android malware, the array of fart apps and the 90% piracy rate.
So I'm not surprised at the difference between the company that actively engenders loyalty from its customers and one that treats their customers as mere outlets for advertising.
Loved this machine
I remember many happy hours of hacking around on the CPC, cutting my programming teeth. Being able to redefine text characters was a boon to a fledgling gamedev!
Re: Beware of what you wish for...
@Bladeforce - Hmmm... so the O.P. make no mention of any operating system apart from problems with Google, yet here we have the classic knee-jerk, anti Microsoft rant...
The only FUD I'm getting here is from your post. Sorry! After all, while I'll admit not being clued up on Apple, I'm pretty sure they've got a pretty good record on updates and keeping clean of malware etc.
I know this will fall on deaf ears, but those who do not listen to history are doomed to repeat it. You claim the OP is "chained", and yet it sounds you are equally chained to Google's publicity machine, eagerly taking in every word they say and giving up your data and identity without a thought.
I feel sorry for you.
I don't do tech support. At all.
Don't know about anyone else, but I find the fact that my friends and family think that because I can code, I can sort out all their computer woes...
... or at least, they used to - until I "accidentally" bricked a couple of their machines after strenuously protesting that "I don't do hardware/OSes" and continually being rebuffed with "but it can't be that hard, can it?"
Nowadays, most of them have got wise. I still have to brick a machine every couple of years, but most of the time, I don't get any grief. Repeated reading of BOFH has taught me well...
The clue's in the name...
@Bill Neal: Quite simple really - it's about abuse of monopoly. Seriously, the entire SEO industry is built around how a single company perceives websites - not a good place to be. People can only make a choice if they're aware it's there - remember how Microsoft got a chewing for bundling IE? It wasn't that the choices weren't there, but that by providing something that did the job on the back of their other services, Microsoft effectively blinded the vast majority to the existence of competition.
Now it's the same story for Google - if you can name me one website that tweaks its contents in order to improve its Duck Duck Go ranking, I'll be impressed. The truth is that Google currently have far more power to influence than Microsoft ever had at the height of the browser wars - they practically own the market for online awareness. Regardless of how evil or not you believe Google to be, it's too much power for a single entity to wield.
Re: Why Zombies
+1 for opinion of zombies in games. Would be +10000 if I could.
Zombies are to indies what sequels are to AAA.
Re: Careful now
Ah, but Zynga can then sue king.com for stealing the clone-game-and-beat-to-release business model.
Mine's the one with the USB containing my Candy Jam game backup in the pocket.
Re: Improved password change security!
Mine perpetually says that my new password is too similar to my old one.
... I've tried a dozen so far.
"These blokes can't be trusted with personal info."
Facebook, Google or both?
Re: It's amazing how much press Microsoft phones get
Almost as amazing as your predictability. It's almost as if you can't think of any advantages of your chosen platform, so instead you resort to mudslinging at the opposition. You're not a politician by any chance?
"Your comment is as tedious as it is predictable, the only surprise is that I thought it would be Barry Shitpeas who would be in first." - My only quibble with this comment is that you posted it anonymously.
Congratulation on your utter lack of originality - you have now forfeited the right to ever complain about lack of innovation from any company ever again.
Could be useful - no more mucking about with that dog-slow Android emulator for testing...
No Chromebook for me...
... until a) I can be sure it will allow me to work on project development without having to be/store them online and b) a means exists to completely eliminate Google from them.
While I don't doubt that all of the major players are stalking everyone in their own way, I've yet to see a Microsoft Street View car driving round my neighbourhood, slurping up all the wifi it can and working out my house door number...
Re: When any C/C++ code includes "goto" you know it sucks...
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