290 posts • joined 29 Jun 2011
It would be interesting to see how much money Google has had to fork over in total due to this "rogue engineer"
I'm guessing it isn't enough to be certain that no more "rogue engineers" engage in legally shady practices.
I'm just going to reply so I can find this place easier later, when some wise sage has answered the question. Sorry I couldn't be of any help :)
I don't think I know anyone who has ever viewed a film and - as the place was being shot up, or the wake was progressing slowly and mournfully - gone "Those curtains - my God they are fabulous. If only there was some way for me to identify their brand and purchase some for myself."
And frankly I don't believe that happens - and if it does I don't believe it happens enough to justify this gizmo.
If I am to be distracted from whatever content I am consuming (that's the correct lingo, right?), I do believe I'd prefer it be by cake and coffee or something along those lines.
As much as I love advertisements, I do believe that the money being paid to make those ads should help negate the costs for me for consuming content. So unless using this wonderful new invention means I'll be getting Netflix for free, I can't see this being anything I'd use.
He really isn't...
There could also conceivably be parents who buy some of these things for their kids.
"If you clean your room all week, then we can buy that engine upgrade for your super car"
Or something of that sort.
I mean it's at least possible
True to a point.
That point being when Google - doing this as standard - winds up with the inferior search engine.
"All I can find on Google about person X is that he's a fine upstanding citizen. Yet Bing/Yahoo/Duckduckgo/Startpage etc. etc. give me info about that scandal a few years ago. I knew I hadn't gone senile - I did recall X being involved in a prostitution ring."
Re: This is nice but
Isn't patent law made in such a manner, that if you do not uphold your patent you forfeit it (or am I thinking of TM?)
Such that we just need a single company to very publicly make use of the patents for a short while. Once not action is taken against that company, the patents are forfeit
Well I would certainly expect other results from buying ad-words than Google telling me it's working... I might even hope for an increase in sales o.0
So yeah - Google could tell me all sorts of shit, most likely they wont tell me shit. I'll trust that they target the advertisements, and if I see a proper amount of return from my investment, I'll probably renew my ad contract. If nothing happens, then I'd be a fool to continue advertising using Google.
Re: @Irongut and others
I think it was a reference to national security letters in the US, where by a secret court gives a secret authorization to secretly demand data from a company that is not allowed to tell anyone that this even took place.
Re: Edward Snowden isn't very good at logic (and neither is the NSA)
Perhaps it was more likely to raise flags if he tried to store emails from his own account, so he chose other more ripe targets.
Perhaps he thought that when he released evidence that the NSA has immense power, the conversation would be on that fact and on which course to take, and not about whether or not he followed appropriate channels, or if he had a horse as a child, or how his haircut is indicative of insanity, so it must all be crazy ramblings of a sick commie!
So here's a question.
What's the worst case scenario for non-US citizens, if these fastlanes are forc... accep...lovingly embraced by the hard working patriotic American people?
What the hell... If I wanted to be tracked by corporations and governments I'd probably carry around some sort of gps-enabled microphone and camera!
Re: Another sad day for the rule of law.
I would think the proper (read: legal) way to deal with something like this was to bind certain knowing employees with some kind of gag-order pertaining to their work?!
Adding such a clause to a contract might up the wage a bit, so I can see why it's easier (and now also cheaper) to simply make shady dealings with other companies.
Did the government already take some action against these companies? Will they? Can no action be taken at all?
These question are simply to quench the fire that is my ignorance (though it will likely continue to burn bright)
Sure there's a negative perspective to put on this...
But at least with more control and easier interface, it's "only" facebook you have to worry about (and probably some - if not all of the - apps/games).
So kudos for doing something in the right direction.
I sincerely doubt that this is actually true.. but if true, that's pretty much Google done for? At least as far as ad revenue goes, which I'm lead to believe is the foundation of the business...
" "special-interest alien smugglers." "
I can not possibly be the only one, who really hopes this should be taken at face value.
One has to wonder how the infrastructure and ability to compete would have looked for the companies that could've spent $XX millions on upgrades and on servicing their customers...
It's almost like that would've been a good investment which would've ensured long term profits...
"His proposal will ask citizens "if paid prioritization should be banned outright" "
Since I'm not a US citizen I don't fell I should directly meddle... but can we assume that Reddit et. al. are mounting campaigns to answer this asking with a resounding "Yep, it should. kkthx"
"We don't want to stifle economic growth in America!
By that we mean that we don't want to stifle economic growth in select companies. Please make regulations such that wealthy and established players are able to combat smaller competitors and keep markets in an iron fist. Ideas for such regulation could be gained from a view towards regulation on stock markets and investments."
The more the merrier!?
Re: The protesters have vowed to stay outside the FCC until its May 15 vote
That would probably be the very best thing that could happen, if you're a supporter of Net Neutrality. It might light a spotlight on it.
Wouldn't want to be the people being removed though.
Re: Let's see how the ISPs spin this
It'll probably be framed to reflect on a more general fundamental principal of the great nation of the US!
"What we're doing is providing services in accord with free market principles and the capitalist ideals that made our nation the best in the world! Despite recent attempts to paint us as some kind of villains in this matter, we feel confident that our customers will see that we're upholding grand American traditions."
Or something to that effect...
I think there's an official server where you can stroll about, AND there's an option to download the map and stroll about.
Perhaps some would like to see the map before downloading a TB of data - or perhaps they have a dataplan in place and so would rather not spend it downloading all of Denmark, when all they're interested in is blowing up a couple of bits of the Capital...
You could be right of course.
I doubt that you're right about "probably be popular". With Netflix, HBO, Youtube and Auntie Elizas vacation films all being available in Full HD provided your internet connection can handle it, I don't see how this could become too popular. Not before ISPs have ruined Net Neutrality and now Netflix et. al. are forced to implement something similar or be completely fucked by providers.
Oh what am I saying! The free market always leads to the best consequences for the consumers. Never mind me - it's 2pm and I haven't had a single cup of coffee yet!
Looking at what Dreamworks apparently released in the first quarter of 2014 it's not really surprising.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Didn't even know what this was till I wikied it)
Need for Speed (because video game movies are always the best. Especially when released 4 months after the latest game)
Then of course there's sales of old film and what not. And surely they'll be going in to the green once How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes out on June 13. Granted it's a sequel, but the first one wasn't bad, so surely people will flock to it - especially them folks with kids.
And crap sequels - don't forget those!
I don't like Google very much at all, but even I think this story has a certain smell to it.
Unless lots of the people who have had money taken in this way or former/current employees come forward, or some internal documents are leaked, I think we'll find the smell to be reminiscent of the excrement of a male bovine creature.
Yeah... During whole Nokia sale thing, I was really hoping they'd use the money they made to turn around and start making new phones.
Jolla seems like a fit - provided they'd be interested in working (again for most of them, no?) for and selling to Nokia :)
Now I'm not a fancy big city economist, so I've deleted the lovely flawed economic model I had previously made in this place.
Let me instead ask a question: Is anyone eligible for jail time because of this? Why/Why not?
It seems to me that what these companies have done is in effect stealing. Now if I steal $10,000 from Apple, can I expect to get off with a fine (be it $10,000 or $100,000)?
Come to think of it, I probably could if I could pay 100k, but here another question arises; should I be able to get away with just paying a fine?
A fine - unless it's insanely massive, talking % of annual turnover - is unlikely to deter bad behaviour. Jailing executives for 5-10 years (and seizing assets) is - in my view - far more likely to deter bad behaviour.
In a country where others are jailed for years and years for petty thefts, why do these people get off without? (And I'd appreciate answers other than "Money, duuuuh!", cheers)
"Wheeler said the agency would protect consumers from "abusive market activity.""
Okay okay... Let's just assume that the 5 people currently in the FCC actually will do this. What happens next year? In 5 years? 10 years?
It doesn't take more than 3 people on the FCC with a skewed view of what abusive market activity is, and it's doomed. Once the go-ahead is given once, it'll be a helluva fight to take it back again, better never to give it!
This is great!
Didn't the UK get something similar a few (I want to say) months back?
I think it's great so long as the process isn't reversed, I really don't want to s... *HISSSS* OH crap!
Re: Stranger still?
Did you choose your icon based on how your post would make any potential reader feel? If so, good job!
Re: Worst thing you can do right now
I'm confused about the whole thing.
IVPN says Netflix wasn't affected, so doesn't need patching and you don't need a password change.
Mashable says Netflix was affected, has been patched, and thus you need a password change*
There's a fancy quote and everything on the Mashable, but I can't really tell if it's legit. The problem now becomes who do you trust in this regard? I can't find any statement made by Netflix regarding Heartbleed. In this case I'm inclined to trust IVPN for now, but I'm thinking in general I'll assume any site that hasn't posted any "we're not vulnerable to Heartbleed" is still vulnerable.
What's this? Actual competitive practices in the land of the free market?! Unheard of.
Good on them. There are probably ways* this could harm the consumers, but so far it's looking good!
*more cynical people will point them out I'm sure :)
Re: The future has arrived.
Visualization based on writing style, it's a whole science: Facial Aesthetic Interpretive Linguistics!
Ever wondered how those great ancient writers - who weren't fancy enough to have a bust made - looked? Well wonder no more!
I might venture a guess. Having lots of 5-star apps, makes their store seem full of high quality goods.
Google cars are obviously recognizable!?
Some people seem to argue that it's obvious what Google cars are doing and that they are indeed Google cars.
But you might be forgetting the 86 year old Italian lady who hasn't got the faintest notion of what that newfangled strange looking car is for. Or anyone else who might actually not be too in tune to what's happening on the internet and in the tech world.
Argue all you want about the wrongs and rights of Google photographing all this stuff, but please stop presuming that everyone, everywhere know what a Google car looks like and what it's doing.
Or it could be the growing prevalence of alternative - legal - online ways to get to music?
"A search for the name of any leading artist followed by the term 'mp3' in the leading search engines still returns a vast proportion of illegal links on the first page of results."
So that's how it's done, I never really knew how to find the newest music I wanted for free - thanks IFPI
Good for her
"Even Glassholes [...] don't deserve to be spied upon"
I agree! And neither do the people said Glassholes are looking at.
Good thing Google will have a more strict app-store policy for Glasses! Wouldn't want any unauthorized spyware on the Glasses - Google and NSA only
I've said it before and I most certainly will again: I want an offline version of glasses please. Something with a little flashdrive hidden somewhere that can store images/videos I produce and can have a small database with a map of the area I plan to traverse and other could be interesting data.
If it can' access the internet, then it can't leak data to anyone... right?
The founding fathers!
Why is this such a trope in public discourse in the US?
Now granted I'm only following it from the sidelines, but it seems that somehow the argument that "it's what the founding fathers intended" or it's opposite is supposed to have weight.
And it might have weight if it wasn't used willy nilly all the bloody time! The argument is usually nothing more than "I think that Thomas Jefferson would agree with me".
So to Mr. NSA - if you truly believe that there is no trouble in how the checks and balances are applied, then why are many of these things apparently news to the committee meant to provide those checks and balances?
Oh and one last thing, this article was riddled with half-finished sentences and repeated phrases. Someone - not me - should proof read it.
I might be inclined to give the corporations a bit of a pass.
Who knows what they're allowed to say and when and to whom!?
Re: What happened to wireless charging?
We'll finally be where Tesla envisioned. Homes charged with electricity - though his idea was that it'd provide recuperation so that we wouldn't have to go to the seaside once a year.
It might be premature, but if this is implemented as "intended" or at least as I see it being intended, then thank you very much!
Ladies and Gentleman! The 45th president of these United States
Wooooh - Wuuuuh! YEAH!
"Google spies on you in order to make money to deliver you things you want so they can spy on your more."
This seems like it might be painting Google with too positive a brush.
Now I'm not saying I prefer Microsoft - by no means.
However I would reject that "[o]nly one of these two will hold the majority of the English-speaking search market". How about neither? A third player? Several more specialized search engines - perhaps through a central search engine that'll be forced to link through the specialized search engines that it's ripping its results from... I don't just speculation of course.
"Those were a good 3 years getting courted by you Google. My term is about to end, but don't worry I'll make sure to strong arm whatever 'concessions' we agreed on through before I leave. See you in a year for my job interview"
And here I was thinking Almunia might just actually be one of the... not so bad guys.
Well at least we'll get a more extensive network built in the EU...
I'm fairly certain that there are quite strict laws in place for such things as blood, skin, sperm, saliva etc. samples - surely this should simply fall under those same laws
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