Please let this replace PHP in the long term. There is no way this cannot be an improvement over the original.
3466 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007
When I said that phones should warn the user from incoming lampposts, it was a joke!
It is rare to see such a confrontation between a bureaucrat and politicians. On one hand, the politicians are supposed to make the rules; on the other hand, what's the point of having an expert conduct an investigation for three years, if you're going to dictate him what his decision should be, after listening to the impassioned pleas of the opponents?
Anything that involves Google becomes a political affair these days…
It does apply to corporations; this is why Apple & Co are not bringing the cash they earned overseas back in the United States: because they would need to pay tax on it again, even though they "paid taxes" on it in whichever country they earned it.
Of course, the last part is a bit theoretical, since in fact the profit is mostly declared in fiscal paradises where the tax is zero. But for the sake of the argument, assuming they paid UK taxes on the profit they do in UK, they would still need to pay more taxes on it when bringing the rest of the cash in the US.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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".
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?
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.
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…
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.
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."
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.
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