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Comment: Re:I'm honestly confused... (Score -1, Troll) 359

by DCTech (#38674822) Attached to: LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

Microsoft isn't patent troll. They do actual research and spend billions a year on Microsoft Research. No one else in the industry has such an good R&D department. Patent trolls don't do research, they just bully companies. Microsoft is within all their rights to ask for payments on their patents, because they actually do lots of research.

Comment: Re:How many of those users actually selected Bing? (Score 1) 169

by DCTech (#38674018) Attached to: Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo

Considering that people search for Bing on Google , yes, people do choose to use Bing. It's not a small number - there's close 10 million searches per month for Bing related queries on Google alone.

You can check search query data here. Remember to change to [exact] search on match types so that it shows real search amount for specific queries.

[bing] 7,480,000
[bing maps] 1,000,000
[bing.com] 450,000
[bing translator] 201,000
[www.bing.com] 135,000
[bing games] 135,000
[bing travel] 110,000
[bing images] 90,500
[bing map] 74,000
[bing search] 60,500
[bing video] 27,100
[www.bing] 27,100
[live search] 22,200
[bing videos] 18,100
[bing toolbar] 12,100
[bing rewards] 12,100
etc....

Comment: Re:Yahoo and Bing search results aren't all that d (Score 1) 169

by DCTech (#38673930) Attached to: Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo

I looked at exact match data (ie. [bing] ), not broad. There really is 7.5 million searches for "bing". If you look at broad search (so that it includes things like Bing Crosby), then there's 16.6 million searches.

Other bing related searches:
[bing maps] 1,000,000
[bing.com] 450,000
[bing translator] 201,000
[www.bing.com] 135,000
[bing games] 135,000
[bing travel] 110,000
[bing images] 90,500
[bing map] 74,000
[bing search] 60,500
[bing video] 27,100
[www.bing] 27,100
[live search] 22,200
[bing videos] 18,100
[bing toolbar] 12,100
[bing rewards] 12,100
etc....

And these are search requests per month, with these exact terms, on Google. People are obviously searching for and wanting to use Bing.

Comment: Re:Who still pays for antivirus? (Score 2, Insightful) 391

by DCTech (#38672854) Attached to: Symantec Sued For Running Fake "Scareware" Scans

I'm by no means anti-MS (Windows 7 is the only OS on both of my home PCs these days), but I'd take issue with the blanket statement that "Windows is also secure now a days".

I went through endless fun thanks to the parents just before Christmas. They fell for one of those fake-DHL-shipping-notice spam e-mails (as they were actually expecting a Christmas-related DHL delivery) and, with a single click, landed their (3 month old, Norton-"protected", UAC-enabled) PC with one of the most vicious and persistent pieces of malware I've ever seen.

So in reality, it isn't Windows problem, it's user problem. Unless you run walled garden like iOS on your PC, there will always be malware that will try to trick user, regardless of OS. It works in Windows, it works in OSX and it works in Linux.

Comment: Re:Who still pays for antivirus? (Score 1) 391

by DCTech (#38672664) Attached to: Symantec Sued For Running Fake "Scareware" Scans

"Personally I don't run any antivirus... ...and I haven't had a single malware in like 10 years"

How can you know that for sure?

I don't have any problems, and I do check my network traffic from time to time with Wireshark just because legit programs send awful amount of all kinds of data to internet too.

Comment: Who still pays for antivirus? (Score 5, Insightful) 391

by DCTech (#38672608) Attached to: Symantec Sued For Running Fake "Scareware" Scans

There are perfectly good free antivirus programs now, if you want to run one. Most of them are actually better than the non-free antivirus programs. Microsoft Security Essentials is a free antivirus that is many times better than Symantec's and others. On top of that it is lightweight and fast, compared to the bloated crap that Norton is. It works on slower machines too, detects more viruses and doesn't break stuff.

On 8 June 2011, PC Advisor listed Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 in its article Five of the Best Free Security Suites, which included Avast! 6 Free Edition, Comodo Antivirus 5.4, AVG Antivirus 2011 and BitDefender Total Security 2012 Beta.

So choose from those. Personally I don't run any antivirus as I don't download random executables from the internet nor surf to random porn sites or download from torrent sites. Windows is also secure now a days, and I haven't had a single malware in like 10 years.

Comment: Re:Yahoo? (Score 2) 169

by DCTech (#38672424) Attached to: Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo

I wondered that too. And the funny thing is, if it's the case, it might work -- I didn't know that DuckDuckGo was powered by Bing and, now that I do, it changes the way I feel about them.

Wow, so just because you only now realized that they use MS technology their search engine is suddenly worse? Talk about hating just for the purpose of hating.

And you get mention of Bing when you search something and scroll down. There's this:

results by Bing

built with Yahoo

What does this mean?

Comment: Re:Wow...That was difficult. [/sarcasm] (Score 2) 169

by DCTech (#38672180) Attached to: Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo

I think the only thing keeping Yahoo in the Search market are the various software packages that try to push the Yahoo Toolbar during install, and ISPs that use it as the their default Homepage during setup.

Google is changing that though, as they're been heavily pushing Chrome with software installs, OEM's and ISPs. So instead of Yahoo toolbar or Bonzi Buddy, you now get Chrome when you install some software. How delightful.

Comment: Re:The results still suck (Score 5, Interesting) 169

by DCTech (#38672138) Attached to: Bing Search Overtakes Yahoo

Yes, Google needs competition but Bing isn't it. Sad for MS but true.

At this point there won't be anyone else than can compete with Google either. Now a days search engines rely heavily on datamining and especially keyword data supplied by users when searching. It's also the reason why Google datamines so much. With their market share they get significantly more data than Bing, especially long tail keywords and keywords people search less often.

Google also relies on looking which result users choose and if they return back from that site. If user chooses a particular search, it means the user thinks it's relevant and could be good. But if he quickly returns back from the site, it means he didn't find the information he was looking for from that results. That is also data that Google gets much more just because they have so much more users.

So all in all, if it wasn't for Microsoft, we would only have Google. No one else can compete with them at this point. Interestingly, Google is failing in Russia, China and South Korea where local companies got the market share before Google, and they can't really do much about it. Google tried to play dirty tricks in Russia by disabling the initial search engine choice dialog and defaulting to Google instead of Yandex, but they were quickly called of it and had to stop that practice.

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.

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