* Posts by Durant Imboden

13 posts • joined 19 Jun 2010

Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

Durant Imboden

In other words, the South Carolina state government wants to profit from pornography. (They're already taxing cigarettes and booze, so why not porn, too?)

Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

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Re: $22bn

"No, no it really wasn't.

Unless they think the kind of people who block ads are the same kind of people who also love them and click on them and buy from them..."

Not all ads are pay-per-click.

Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

Durant Imboden

The headline is deceptive. FairSearch (sic) and its ilk aren't "Google Watchers," they're "Google's competitors."

Legal eagles want dirt on Google's 'right to be forgotten' decisions

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"Transparency" would mean leaving the search results in place instead of hiding them from the public eye.

WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Re: Who uses Google Shopping?

Shopping results are ads. Period. Whether they're hopeless or brilliant is beside the point.

EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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Has anyone explained to Ms. Vestager that, like their counterparts on other search engines, Google's "comparison shopping service" results aren't organic search results, but ads?

The word "Sponsored" should be a giveaway.

Google: Give us cash or we'll poke YouTube ads into your eyeballs

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US Senate to probe the Obama-Google love-in

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It's worth noting that Microsoft is one of Senator Lee's top campaign contributors. Looks like it's time for Google to ante up.

Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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I've had the slowness and "Not responding" problems with Chrome on my Windows 7.0 laptop for a while now. (No problems with Firefox.)

Google ordered to tear down search results from its global dotcom by French court

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Re: Google should get a declaratory judgement

Back in 2003, in a decision about Search King, Inc. v. Google Technology, Inc., a U.S. district court judge wrote:

"Page Rank is an opinion - an opinion of the significance of a particular web site as it corresponds to a search query. Other search engines express different opinions, as each search engine's method of determining relative significance is unique.....A statement of relative significance, as represented by the Page Rank, is inherently subjective in nature. Accordingly the Court concludes that Google's Page Ranks are entitled to First Amendment protection."

(The judge apparently had some problems with terminology--e.g., "Page Rank" for "rankings"--and the lawsuit was about Google's right to rank or not rank the plaintiff's pages, but the "First Amendment protection" seems pretty clear.)

Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

Durant Imboden

Smartphone? Feature phone? Unless I'm traveling, a landline works fine for me.

'Best known female architect' angrily defends gigantic vagina

Durant Imboden

Now, if only they'd plant some foliage around the stadium. (I'm not a fan of the Full Brazilian look.)

Google's gatekeeper to collect toll for dying news orgs

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Your "straw man" argument

"If all the commercial content producers were to join Murdoch behind a paywall,..."

That's a mighty big "if," for two reasons:

1) In the real world, some content producers would see an opportunity in staying outside the paywall, where they'd have less competition for the larger Web audience after the Murdochs of the world had retreated to their gated community.

2) Your hypothetical scenario smacks of collusion. Would "all the commercial content producers" seek antitrust immunity from the USA, the EU, and other jurisdictions before joining together in a paywall scheme?

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