1852 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
I don't get it
As I understand it, Google has blocked this very video in countries like India where local laws made it illegal. So why not remove it from Pakistan too?
Is it really that Google will not remove it if the government asks, but only if the government actually writes a law to force them?
Well I hope it will still be legal to have a cell phone on a stand showing directions on Google maps.
Re: Thank You Tim Cook!
I like to quibble! You probably mean, "the most valuable". As for size, there are many companies that are bigger, like say Foxconn and their million or so employees.
Re: So easy for WhatsApp to lose all its value in a single stroke
Google has taken a step away from an existing standard (XMPP) because it could not support every single feature they wanted to put in Hangouts, which they would like everybody to use. Works on iPhones, on Desktops, etc. Unfortunately, for the moment, everybody is more interested in creating their own little app and inviting everybody to join than to try to interoperate. The one who becomes the default for talking to your friends will win.
We have a five-horse race: Apple with iMessage, who can boast with all its fanboys, but has the disadvantage of being strictly reserved to iThing users, so if you have other friends, you'll need another app anyway. Then Google with Hangouts, which comes with most Androids, and has also the advantage that all people with a Gmail account are signed in already, even if they don't know. Now Facebook with Whatsapp, who can integrate it and push it to all the Facebook users. There's also Wechat, which is everywhere in China, and that's a lot of people. And Viber ("They're big in Japan"). Oh, yeah, BBM; and Microsoft probably has something but few people care.
Re: They exist because ....
A week and a half to level 90? That's fast indeed 0_o
On the first version, I think I reached level 60 after 12 days in game. And the record at the time was like 6 days in game.
"the only vessel in the world allowing […] long-term missions of the open sea and the abyss"
How about using a freaking boat?
I mean, yeah, the design looks cool, but it's hardly the first time humanity has tried to make an object float in the water…
I understand this was especially a problem when iOS would "remember" your password for a while after using the App Store, and if you passed the phone to your kids during that time, they would be able to rack up in-app purchases. Though my impression was that this had been fixed.
If parents give to kids the password to the App Store account, then I would say they are at fault… Then again, many people have no clue that in-app purchases exist, so they simply don't know.
Re: Seems like I'm alone here
I like it too! But I think art enthusiasts would deny that this is Modern Art. Far too conservative.
I don't see this idea going anywhere
As a geek, the idea of being able to build a cell phone like Lego is very nice... But I really doubt you can sell the idea to the general public. It's already fairly rare to see normal Joes upgrading their computer, rather than just buying a new one.
Of course, there are people who play with Raspberry Pis, so maybe I'm too negative.
Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind
"the differences should stand out on their own merit"
That would assume that a Chinese court is going to rule fairly between a Chinese company and an American company. Why would they?
Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind
To which I reply: Bull. Not only do I severely doubt there is more than a cursory similarity between the two systems, but also this type of technology should not be patentable.
And I don't change my opinion depending on whether I like the company in question or not.
The term Quixotic comes to mind
I wonder if they hope to have China telecoms get on their side... Without some Chinese help, I don't see how they can get rid of this one.
Then again, this might be just to earn time. The idea of having to stop selling iPhones must be driving them nuts. Or to pay the troll.
Now that I come to think of it, I wonder how much the troll is asking. What's the limit, when you are against Apple, and a rigged system on your side?
Law is a mystery to me
For instance, I never understood how it is possible to put in a contract a clause banning class actions. I would have thought that it was not possible to stop your customers from using the full power of the legal system against you… Otherwise, what's the point of a legal system?
It's a wonder they don't simply say "you agree not to sue us, ever".
There was no issue with iPads and iPhones, since they got fixed first. And Chrome and Firefox on Mac OS X use their own library, so they were safe.
Re: This is funny
Well there is the fact that internal documents of the NSA reveal they found a way to get any information they wanted from iPhones about a month after this bug was introduced. If the NSA had been monitoring changes in the published code (which would be the logical thing to do for them, considering this is a security library for a large target), it is quite likely they found the bug right away and have used it ever since.
Of course, "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear"... Right?
Unless you remove the mouse cursor from the video, the play controls cover the interesting part. Maybe this is why you did not see anything interesting. I watched the whole video twice before figuring it out.
It looks like Europe is part of the
poor countries emerging markets growth markets after all…
^ Arguably, this is better than simply not knowing that Nokia exists. And don't forget that the X is not going to compete with Samsungs or iPhones, but with brands you have never even heard of, because they simply don't try to sell their crap products in rich countries.
It's starting to be hard to add bells and whistles that are "must haves". And so, battery life and familiarity become the important part. The good news for alternate systems like Blackberry (how the world has changed) is that they can catch up to iPhones and Androids simply because there isn't much more that can be added to smartphones. Or at least, anything that users are actually interested in.
Re: The obvious flaw is someone in a changing room
Indeed. It seems like someone didn't get that the entire point of shopping is to try clothes in a changing room.
Believing that the point of shopping is to buy something is like believing that reinstalling a different Linux distro for the nth time is to actually have the computer working better, as opposed to simply mucking about for the fun of it.
Let's say, I'll try the coat with the big red buttons… And the small black one… And the one which really does not fit my style, but I want to see how I look inside… And this one just to check if the size is right… And… And…
What's wrong with building bigger and planning for future needs? It's not like Apple lacks the cash to do that… And in general, they do plan for the future.
A phone that can warn me of incoming lamp posts!
Nudge nudge, wink wink
…say no more!
Curious to see how it will go
Ramon Tremosa has urged Almunia in the past to promptly send a Statement of Objections to Google, so it's pretty much clear how he thinks this should go. On the other hand, Almunia is visibly quite convinced that this solution is just fine.
I'm not sure how much pressure Tremosa can apply on Almunia to change his mind. Technically, I guess that politics should not enter in such a debate, but considering the importance of Google, it's pretty inevitable…
Need a popcorn icon, so beer will have to do.
They have expanded the 3D maps too
Now most big cities are covered. I can waste a frightening amount of time flying around London.
Re: But the move has stirred up criticism among high-ranking EC officials
It's a better legacy than working four years on a solution you touted as better and more efficient than litigation, just to end up saying "Sorry, we do need ten years of litigation in the end; I have wasted four years without anything to show up for it."
I assume he means that the advantage of hydrogen is filling up is way faster than recharging a battery; and that the loss of energy efficiency is too small to be considered in regards of this advantage.
Voice based authentication
Or "how to make it impossible to log in while having a cold"
I remember seeing a presentation from an expert explaining how the Wii was the on the "next gaming curve" while the Xbox and Playstation were on the "previous gaming curve".
And now it seems like the Wii was just a one-off niche product… Goes to show that only hindsight is 20/20.
How is this "Android" lock-in?
Google puts constraints on phones that use the Google Play app store, and have Google apps like Google Maps or YouTube. Android has nothing to do with it. Amazon distributes Android phones with a different app store, and they can do whatever they want.
Call it Google Play lock-in, or Google Apps lock-in, but this is not Android lock-in.
"The Mac Pro starts at about £2,500, but can be upgraded up until it costs more than £7,000."
...good to know it can be expensive enough, then?
You all nerds living in your mom's basement keep trying to find reasons to feel good about the fact you never can win an argument on the web!
They're doing it for the children!
That's all right then, right? …Right?
Tim Cook does not, in fact, have $145 billion in cash
Most of that cash is overseas… And so, to buy more, Apple would either have to pay US taxes on that money (when pigs fly), or borrow money (through bonds).
Spend $40M in the US; spend $1B in Indonesia.
…I'm glad that they are serious about expanding in the US.
I am curious to see if we will end up in the slightly insane situation where most governments make virtual currencies illegal, which should not be enough to stop the underground trade.
I look forward to explaining my children why it's illegal to exchange messages consisting in large numbers.
Re: Why not space?
Not to mention the barely-above-zero temperatures.
Netherlands manages with low taxes by taxing the many rich companies that are attracted by its low tax rate. If everybody had such low rates, Netherlands would not be competitive any more, and wouldn't manage.
Nevertheless, the reason Google does not pay much taxes in France is not related to licensing deals. The reason is that Google France does not do much business in France. It is Google Ireland which does a lot of business in France, and has no reason whatsoever to pay taxes in France, since it is an Irish company.
If Europe does not want to abolish the rules which make it possible to earn money in the whole continent and pay income taxes in a single country, they should consider having country to country payments to cover transborder earnings. Thus, companies still pay taxes in a single country, France gets some money from Ireland, and countries like Ireland and Netherlands have less incentive to undercut other countries on income taxes.
Well, if he isn't happy with how much he's earning…
Maybe he should find a proper job then!
So why didn't you buy an iPhone?
Or more seriously, why not keep your old contract and buy an unlocked Moto G? I understand it's reasonably good and costs less than $200... Far from this "added $1300" you are talking about.
Just look at the news today about Google and the European Union, and I think you will have a pretty good idea of what he did for the company. He seems to be the one who has been in contact with Almunia.
When you think of it, Schmidt fits quite well in the role of diplomatic envoy to bureaucrats and politicians.
Apple may be trying to garner points with their fans with these complaints, but I can hardly imagine anything more likely to raise the hackles of a judge.
All in all, I would think it more clever to handle the whole monitorship as discreetly as possible.
"I know what you said last time, I know you're going to say the same thing again, and I'm not impressed"
Has Google ever asked for royalties?
"The firm is still wedded to extracting royalties"
Wait, what? Are you confusing them with Microsoft or what? Google did continue the lawsuits started by Motorola, but you can hardly say they make it a business model...
By and large, Google is on the receiving end of those suits.
It's all shades of grey
Obviously, the only way for the data to be completely anonymous is to contain no data at all. This is why these rules contain sentences like "by exercising reasonable effort" and "disproportionate amount of time, expense and effort".
Ultimately, the limits are blurry, and you can fully expect people to get too close, get sued, and receive a half-random decision from the courts.
But it's good that governments are getting in the business of deciding what is privacy, and what companies can do. Currently, T&Cs are designed to be as vague as possible, in order to protect companies from lawsuits. The only way to get sane limits is to have them be set by the law. (Though obviously, this is not going to stop governments from spying on us…)
Re: My quality of life has improved
Having a smartphone allows me to read the Reg during my commute. I used to hate public transportation because I would be forced to wait at the stop, then wait in the bus; to the point I would drive just to be less bored. Now, commuting is actually enjoyable free time.
I don't believe it
Almunia is an accomplished politician, and knows how to play both sides. Last time there was also a claim that there would be no market test, and there was one in the end. He is playing a brinkmanship game, if only to avoid complaints from politics that he is not trying hard enough.
But in the end, his goal is to extract a settlement; and he will leave office soon…
I'm really curious what the new propositions are. I really wonder how they can be "much better" than the previous ones…
How about dashboard mounts for cell phones?
Are those allowed? If anything, they'd be more distracting...
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