Nobody asked me whether I'd prefer BluRay or HD-DVD.
Some media giants decided to which platform to jump, and platform with most weight won.
Nobody asked me whether I'd prefer BluRay or HD-DVD.
And please, don't mix me into this.
Most money in this area is spent on "tailor made" "for this company only" projects, makes no sense to copy them.
On the other hand we have HTC paying Microsoft for every Android phone they sell because MS managed to patent insane shit like "showing icon in the loading area of the browser".
If you check Russian history books, they only fought defensive wars yet somehow kept rapidly expanding their territory.
Being provoked is a new trend from 2008.
And is as legitimate as it gets.
Yanukovych's de facto removal from office was a coup.
His own party has voted against him after he tried to sell Ukraine to Mr Putin.
A coup is something of much smaller scale, not result of a massive nation wide protest.
And some part of the population in Crimea wants them there.
Some population in Kaliningrad wants Germans there.
Some population in Kuril islands wants Japanese there.
Some population in Siberia wants Chinese there.
And oh, some population in USA wants Russian there too. Shall they?
So, an "invasion"? Not clear.
That's what illegally sending troops into foreign country is.
As for "an existential fight in the west", it's doubtful that Putin wants to absorb all of Ukraine.
There is no doubt he wants as much of it, as he can grasp. He claimed USSR collapse to be a "big tragedy" and from time to time whines about territories lost by collapse of russian Empire back in 1918.
Keep in mind that Ukraine is a synthetic state, based on the "Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic" set up by the USSR...which was created with a bunch of ethnic Russians exactly to keep Ukrainian nationalism in check.
The biggest country in Europe with 44 million citizens (about 80% of them Ukrainians and "whopping" 17% Russians) is "synthetic" eh?
Are you Russian, my friend? Because I've only heard BS like that coming from pro-Putin Russians.
And it is apparent if you simply take a look at the map.
Quite a bit of it is in eastern Ukraine, where Russians are a minority.
Nudity in public, that is?
In my naive world developers already had control over pricing.
Most western government thoughts were actually "oh, how do we spin it to continue business as usual with Russia".
Tagliavini commission was created, and as it included 2 German "experts" who had upfront declared Russia had right to invade, so it was clear what kind of task was assigned to them, (thank you Ms Merkel)
Commission has come to surprising conclusions, that Georgian government did not have right to defend it's own people on its own territory (which was bombed by heavy artillery on daily bases), yet Russia had right to defend it's "peacekeepers", (even though there is no evidence that any attack on Russian "peacekeepers" whatsoever has been carried out by Georgians), but just overreacted a bit. (on top of it 2 Georgian peacekeepers were killed on 6th of Aug 2008, somehow neither that did justify actions of the Georgian government (it was actually a mixed Russia-Georgian peacekeeping operation))
Now, Russia is AGAIN getting premium treatment, for just being aggressive. You can clearly see that in most messages (and even journalist comments) in the West.
Oh, there are interests, you know. Old USSR junk that is even remotely usable only vs former USSR republics absolutely has to be stationed in the Ukraine. Oh and there are Russians on the peninsula. And oh, there are interests of Putin there. Oh dare not make him angry, or it is all your fault.
I recall a guy called Chamberlain had similar, as well as extremely successful, approach to aggressors about 70 years ago.
Top Android phones had prices on par of Apple's, please stop repeating that myth.
There are things which I don't like about Android (app permissions being the worst thing), but iOS's dull grid of icon UI is years behind it.
Google didn't just ban Google Maps on iOS.
Apple wanted more features, Google wanted to have more prominent branding in return, Apple didn't want to give that.
So they chose poor user experience just not to say "oh it's google's map apps" more prominently.
For how long does Apple ask to confirm permissions when they are requested? Wasn't it like Apple users didn't even know what an app can and can not access?
And there goes false safety feeling. Remember the Dolphin browser "calling home" to report sites visited by the users?
1) It affected both Android and iOS
2) It was discovered by Andorid users, (and Android is indeed more open)
I don't see any serious issues with Android asking user to confirm permissions, when they are actually exercised by the app. That whole article sounds more like a unfortunate marketing message by Android chief.
Shouldn't he had won the actual court battle, to set a precedent?
iPhones are like 15% market share worldwide, iPads quickly heading into that direction.
They might have sweetest part of the pie, but it's still strange to hear about "controlling position".
If anyone is in such position in that market, it's google.
I hope you were sarcastic.
Nobody can spy on entire internet.
All they could do is archive the data and have the ability to find out what was going on in particular place of interest, if needed.
Argument about secret service/police mistakes is moot, since there is only about surveillance, not about what you need to actually arrest people.