828 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009
"Is it now if you can't beat them, join them to improve the revenue stream?"
The major players recognised just how dangerously powerful Google has become, and made the move in an attempt to redress the balance...
"Google immediately volunteered to stop using the word "free" when games contain in-app purchases"
... and watch the Android piracy rate leap ever higher...
2) Once you apply a piracy rate of up anything up to 95%, only about 4% (at worst case) of the total smartphone market can be deemed "Profitable Android"...
... add to that the huge overheads of fragmentation etc. and it's no wonder that serious developers are quitting Android development.
"just ignore windows mobile"
Of course - it's been pretty much abandoned since 2011.
Re: I take the same doesn't happen
"Perhaps the solution is not to use Google?"
Find me websites that offer the products/service I need without implementing Google tracking/analytics etc. and I'll use them.
Behind closed doors...
"Google don't shove the data they gather in your face."
So what exactly do they do with it?
Let's face it - thanks to analytics, it's practically impossible for the average Joe to surf the web without Google mining data. Same with emails, if anyone you know has a gmail account. And I dread to think what data-gathering goes on under the hood of Android...
Suffice to say that Google has probably gathered enough data to be able to ruin anyone in the western world, from an individual to a large company - probably largely without said person/organisation's knowledge.
I can live with a few targetted adverts - so long as I have a cast-iron assurance that that's all my data is being used for...
"it's possible that the talks broke down over the Firefox-maker's stance toward the Do Not Track browser privacy standard."
Typical Google, trying to force their will on everyone and too hell with the general public's privacy and choices.
Mind you, this is a win-win situation: If Mozilla and Firefox thrive in this new situation, it helps prove to the world that you don't have to kowtow to the Googleborg, and if they end up struggling financially and either go back or go out of business, it proves that Google have the power to pretty much dictate what goes on the web, and thus should be treated as an anticompetitive monopoly.
"Is there anybody with an internet connection who doesn't know Google[?]"
The question here is not "how many people with an internet connection do not know Google?", but "how many people with an internet connection do not know how much Google know about them, and what does Google do with this data?"
Here's hoping they're still rolling with their own fork of the AOSP, not the widespread Google poison everyone seems to be happy with these days...
Wait a second...
"Ubisoft gets it right this time"
What, they've stopped using always-online DRM?
Words fail me...
"Do you realize how many websites feed information in to Google? Even El Reg has Google Analytics, Google tag services js on their page."
... and herein lies the real reason behind all this - if the government had access to information on everyone to the same extent Google does, it would pretty much neutralise one of Google's most potent weapons against anything that threatens them, namely the ability to control the visibility of information.
The real question is...
... what were Google trying to slip in under the radar while everyone was distracted with the outcry over indie musicians?
We see the same thing in politics all the time - wait for (or create) a media storm over something, and use it to push through a whole load of nastiness aimed at longer term gain on the sly.
"Complain to your government and request that they NEVER use Microsoft products that store documents on cloud servers."
As if any of the alternatives are any better...
Oh the hypocracy...
Still can't get over the way that last point in the "do/don't" list starts with "respect other's privacy" - a phrase involving a pot and a kettle springs to mind...
However, it's almost a shame that the glass didn't catch on a bit better before people realised what an absolute invasion of privacy it is - it would have made it so much easier for the general public to have then made the connection that spying on people is central to the Google business model and thus got some proper outcry going...
[Insert normal comment about boring, play-it-safe AAA sequels here]
At least we have Sunset Overdrive.
Re: I do just love how the Windows Phone
"You're assuming there's more than one."
Oh my god, Eadon's back!
Re: Lovely hardware
To be fair, the odds of the X "setting the world on fire" were pretty slim.
For starters - yes, it was Android. But it was their own branch of the AOSP, as opposed to the standard Google E3-in-progress that makes up the bulk of the market - so no Play store, and therefore pretty slim pickings on the apps front. Plus the fact that the Franken-face between Android and WP just didn't really work either did not help.
And then Microsoft put the kybosh on it before it had any real chance to get going...
Conspicuous by absence...
"Microsoft's brand has consistently ranked higher than Nokia's (according to Interbrand anyway) and over 110m Xbox consoles have been sold"
Except that Xboxes (360s at least, not yet seen an XB1 in the flesh) aren't conspicuously stamped with "Microsoft". In fact, there are many who claim that the reason the Xbox has enjoyed the success it has is because of its separation from the Microsoft name.
Perhaps if this - and all Windows Phones - had been marketed as the "XPhone" to be a companion device to the Xbox then maybe the whole platform would be doing rather better! But I can't see having "Microsoft" stamped all over doing any favours for the device here...
Probably an EULA clause...
"But the ad giant made no mention of compensation for publishers who lost cash during the outage."
Chances are, just like Gmail etc. users are conned into giving up their personal data by carefully obscured clauses in the EULA, so there is a similar clause for lost profit in the publisher sign-up...
Re: Reap what you sow
"Why are you downvoting ?"
... because it's Microsoft. Surely after having an account on these forums for over five years, you should have learned that there are some people who just can't let go of a 15+ year grudge?
Because someone had to say it...
Can I wipe it and put Windows Phone on it?
Sorry. Couldn't resist.
Watched last night on catch-up...
... there's a chunk of my life I'm not getting back.
The last episode since the reboot that measured up to my childhood memories was "Blink". Okay, I know I've got a good few years under my belt, and I'm allowing for a degree of adulthood cynicism, but this last series... really???
I feel sorry for Peter Capaldi - in fact I wouldn't be surprised if he went all Malcolm Tucker on the scriptwriters...
Re: NSA vs Apple + Google
"Is Big Business bigger than the Government?"
... and don't forget - a company's board of directors is not elected by the general public!
"Office was never ported to C# in the past eleven years, for very good reasons."
Such as...? (Genuinely curious here)
Re: "inserting section breaks"
"If they put all the good stuff in, nobody would pay."
"Nest will stay Nest, the data will stay with us – the data won’t flow to Google and the ads won’t flow back"
Oooh look, a flying pig!
Re: Google Cardboard to the rescue!
"who is going to pay > $150 (guessing here on price) for a headset, on top of an already expensive mobile, just so they can play $4 mobile 3D games in VR 3D?"
Nobody. Android owners don't pay for games!
"People need to wake up."
A big chunk of the problem is that a lot of people have been suckered by Google in a number of ways. The general public have fallen for the age-old carrot of "free stuff".
The trouble is that a lot of "us" ie: the tech community have been equally fooled by a catchy slogan that was saying what (at the time) a lot of us wanted to hear: "Don't be evil". Bringing this to the table just as Microsoft was taking a pounding from the whole browser wars fiasco got a lot of techies on board, believing that Google was the answer to the "evil" of Microsoft.
What's sad is that despite Google now proving to be every bit as evil as Microsoft ever was at their peak, so many people in the tech community are still so hung up on the "Microsoft bad, Google good" mantra - the comments and downvotes on so many posts on here are proof enough of this!
Re: Limted intelligence failure
"I regret that I am not intelligent/courageous enough to create something that was in competition with Google but without the lying, cheating, scare mongery"
I refer you to the case of Laker Airways - back in 1977, a businessman spotted a possible gap in the air travel market, namely low-cost, no-frills flights, and tried (possibly intelligently/courageously) to take make a business out of this opportunity.
Less than five years later, the company went bankrupt. Yes, the recession of the early 80s played a part in this, but the finishing blows were dealt by longer established competitors that deliberately undercut Laker, knowing that they could weather the financial loss until their upstart competitor was out of business.
The argument that someone is not intelligent or courageous enough to create a viable competitor to Google is complete rubbish - Google is the highest value tech brand in the world, and should a competitor look like they are likely to make any kind of inroad into their massive land grab, it would be a simple matter for Google to either buy them out or run them out of business.
You don't know you're born...
I could just see it now: a re-working of Ghosts n Ghouls for mobile, priced at 79p...
Cue a slew on 1-star reviews: "Too difficult!", "Died in 10 seconds, not worth paying for", "Crap controls, couldn't work out how to play"... and so forth.
Same old chips???
If this is par the course for Apple, no wonder code I wrote that runs fine on budget Windows Phone and Android is dog slow on an iPhone!
Should be +100
I sense a disturbance...
So - assuming this can be got working - it'll be a pretty safe bet that Google will have a means of tracking who took one of these pills, and their subsequent healthcare.
Given currently available social networking data and the like, I think it's also safe to assume that Google can figure out connections between people - family, friends etc.
This allows for a whole new breed of evil. Picture the scene - your dear aunt Mildred takes a Google pill and is diagnosed with (say) early stage liver cancer. You're pretty shaken up by this, as you're close with old Millie. Next day, you're surfing the web - and crazy as it may seem, every other page has ads recommending various products, diets and regimes for avoiding liver cancer. Normally, you ignore those pesky ads, but you can't help think about poor old aunt Millie - is she gonna be ok? Is this a genetic thing? Could I end up with the same problem?
Next thing you know, your clicking the ads you'd never normally click - or even dropping the Google pill yourself...
... and all the while, the Googleborg continue to rub their hands together as yet more data and revenue pour into their coffers to fund their next round of lobbying against privacy legislation...
Is every bit of personal data they can get their hands on not currency enough for these hyenas?
To quote John Glenn
"Glad they got that one out the way!"
An AAA title that looks like it actually has a bit of creative licence behind it - at least from a visual perspective.
"And how does google snarf your email contacts if you don't use chrome or gmail?"
Got an Android phone?
"Look at XNA just dumped overnight."
Ah, but therein lies irony. For now, thanks to Monogame, the XNA framework lives on on pretty much everything but the Xbox.
So thank you Microsoft for developing the tools that now ultimately leave me able to code for Playstation 4, and Android and iOS mobile devices...
Anyone here remember Short Circuit 2? Yeah, I know, nothing to write home about really, but the bit where the guy is getting fed lines to say to his date on a screen he can see over her shoulder?
Well, Google Glass + voice recognition + a decent Eliza algorithm = "there's an app for that!"
Now even nerds can sound confident! ... as long as you don't mind it being all "her and me, and Google makes three"...
... because everyone knows that the first link is always an advert... right?
I demand that they add a page which informs me that there are other Flappy clones available and gives me the chance to choose which one I want!
... I'll get me coat.
Re: Now that Windows is the niche
"The previous mindset that made developers stick with Windows technologies assuming that they could spend their professional lifetime with them no longer holds true. You have to look outside if you want to remain relevant."
Yeah, you can now spend an entire career trying to get a single Android app working on every combination of device hardware and OS variants... and still not get done before it's time to retire!
Re: @ Anomalous Cowshed "The number of times my smartphone has crashed............."
RE: "I should not have posted such a comment.
Dude, people were just posting that they had not had experienced the same issues. One even went as far as to show sympathy that it had happened.
No need to get all sanctimonious about it - unless, of course, you were looking for an excuse to criticise, rather than make a genuine observation (being "new to this game", you may not realise that FUD-spreaders for other systems post comments quite similar to yours to achieve their objectives).
I have several devices of various OS configs - all of them get varying degrees of use, as I develop cross-platform and tend to use whatever phone I'm testing on at the time. My Lumia 820 has been ok to date - but then hasn't seen really heavy use. Contrarywise, I've lost track of how many times I've had to factory reset my HTC HD7, following a crash. I've also utterly bricked an old Galaxy Tab (not surprised, given its age), but my Galaxy S has never had problems. As for iOS - can't comment, not had enough hands on time yet...
Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme
Seriously, though, are you suggesting MS should be praised with the very little they have done to the OS in the past 2 years since 8 was released?
No. I was merely pointing out that there are more than a few on here who see the name "Microsoft" and immediately start trotting out the same old tired links/lines/whatever.
Occasionally, when bored, I sift through the past comments of some of the more prolific of these - just to see if there's another Eadon in the making. Some of them make for interesting reading - especially when you start seeing a similar style of post on (say) anything Apple, the astroturfer alarms start going full blast...
My point is - ridicule Microsoft for doing something stupid (god knows, it happens often enough), not just "because it's Microsoft" - and treat everyone else the same way.
Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme
"Rather early to make that call..."
For some on here, it's never too early to take a swing at Microsoft, regardless of how good, bad or ugly what they're doing is.
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