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Comment Do we really want Google... (Score -1) 171

Do we really want Google or Mozilla, or any other browser determining what content we can see or not see in a browser? I understand the security problems with Flash and I am not a fan of Flash, but everybody gets upset if an ISP blocks content, so why is it okay for a browser to do so? What next, will they block? This seems like an awfully big slippery slope and people are just accepting it.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 5, Insightful) 410

I'm not sure that is correct. Apple was going under in the 90s. Then Microsoft bailed them out to avoid anti-trust problems.

Apple became more fragmented and thus less simple in the first non-Steve-Jobs era. Look for it to happen again. Without clear focus provided by a leader with forward vision, any company goes sideways. Just look at what Carly did to HP, only looking back. Now I have to suffer idiots in my fb stream suggesting they might vote for her.

I think your analysis is pretty accurate. Jobs had a vision and drove the company towards it. Others, have an MBA where they've been indoctrinated to focus only on next quarter's numbers. While Jobs did not intentionally try to displease or appease the shareholders, they were overall pleased with his results. However, if one's motivation is to please the shareholders, then you tend not to make strategic decisions that might be needed for the long term future. That is what happened at HP (and others) and happened prior to Jobs return. It's too early to tell if it will happen again at Apple.

Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 410

People in general (there's always exceptions) just want something simple that works, not something loaded with useless and expensive gewgaws.

It's ironic, that understanding this is what made Apple so successful in the first place.

I'm not sure that is correct. Apple was going under in the 90s. Then Microsoft bailed them out to avoid anti-trust problems.

Comment Oxymoron (Score 1) 141

Despite the uncontrollable nature of the incident, Google has accepted full responsibility for the blackout and promises to upgrade its data center storage hardware, increasing its resilience against power outages.

If it is uncontrollable, then any changes Google makes won't matter. On the other hand, if using other equipment, hardening the system, installing better grounding, etc. would have kept the loss from happening, then it is controllable. Maybe what they meant to say was unpredictable. Of course, then they would have had to explain why they didn't plan for the possibility.

Comment Maybe (Score 2) 314

Maybe they should have used LibreOffice instead of OpenOffice, then. Of course, if the city had standardized on OO (or even LO), wouldn't the compatibility issue (ie re-paginating), be on the receiver's end, not the city's? Something sounds odd about this, at least the way it is being spun. Then again, Microsoft is involved...

Comment Popularity vs usefulness (Score 1) 698

Of course, checking how often Mac users use the right mouse button would really skew things, would it not? Besides, popularity and usefulness are not the same thing. If a two men were standing on a street corner handing out money and one was handing out free $20s while the other was handing out free $10s, which would be more popular? Probably the one giving out $20s. Does that mean the $10 bill isn't useful?

The reality is that there are some very good use cases for the caps-lock (as others have pointed out). If it isn't hurting anything where it is, then why move it? What other key would you put there that you would want to hit with your pinky to do something else, that most people would find as a useful improvement? Right now if I accidentally hit the caps lock, I get capital letters -- a nuisance but not terrible. What if you replace it with the ctrl or alt key as some have suggested? There could be far worse ramifications.

Regardless, popularity does not dictate usefulness. Chances are, you will never have to use the flotation device on an airplane or the oxygen max. Based on frequency of use, they must not be very popular. However, for the right user case, they are very useful.

Comment Re:The moral of the story... (Score 5, Interesting) 59

Except Google didn't offer it to the public. It is an unpublished API that is and was unsupported for external use.

I don't see the problem here.

Actually, they did offer it to the public. This was an undocumented API. However, like the undocumented maps API, it was exposed to the public. As such, it was offered, just not documented.

Don't rely on undocumented APIs

Google actually encourages people to experiment with their public but undocumented APIs as part of their strategy. However, however experimenting with and releasing a product based on it are two different things. Google has a tendency to throw things against the wall and see what sticks. Maps, definitely stuck and they could even monetize it. Likely, this API also stuck, or it wouldn't be news. However, it probably was being used in ways that they couldn't monetize. Which, is why double-speeak of trying to protect the integrity of what it was originally designed for (aka Google Search).

Of course, it is their API and nobody was charged anything to use it, so Google is free to do as they wish with it.

Comment Re:Problem? (Score 1) 162

The function of language is communication . I think u understood what the title means but are being an asshole just because it's in your nature to be one.

On the other hand, if standards are not maintained, then quality will decrease. That is true whether machining a part or language and grammar.

Comment Re:Does it make a difference? (Score 1) 100

If you send it to a laser printer or copy it on a copier there are watermarks. Doesn't matter the format used. Unlike the old fashioned typewriters where law enforcement could match the document to the typewriter based on how individual keys hit, in the digital age they had to find some other way. So, every laser printer and copy machine prints a tiny watermark that can trace the document to the machine that produced it.

Comment Does it make a difference? (Score 1) 100

Does it make a difference whether the software is doing this or your printer/copier does it? For a long, long time, laser printers and copiers have been doing the same thing to show where the document came from. Isn't this just the paperless version of what we've all been living with for a a very long time?

Comment Re:11 rear enders (Score 1) 549

Or at 11 it's still not their fault. Remember, these vehicles are logging 10,000 miles per week - there's a lot more opportunities to be rear-ended by an inattentive driver when one is on the road that much than there are for a typical driver. By way of example, in the video from the article at Medium there were two cars in front of the driverless car that had also stopped at the light - there was nowhere else for the driverless car to go.

I agree that usually if you are rear-ended that it is the other driver's fault (not always, but usually). However, there aren't a large number of google cars on the road, so I would be curious as compared to a random sample from the general population how many non-google cars were rear-ended in the same time period? In addition, it would be interesting to know if any of the google cars have been rear-ended more than once?

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