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Comment: Re:Nice (Score 1) 45

by Nerdfest (#46164253) Attached to: Google and EU Reach Tentative Settlement in Antitrust Case

I'm not talking about that stuff, as I agree with you. I don't like people trying to lock people out of using competing services. This stuff:

no longer to include in its agreements with publishers any written or unwritten obligations that would require them to source online search advertisements exclusively from Google ... [or] to impose obligations that would prevent advertisers from porting or managing search advertising campaigns across competing advertising platforms.

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That's just wrong and should be stopped.

Comment: Your Move Patent Office (Score 0) 79

by Nerdfest (#46128035) Attached to: Pending Apple Patent For 'Inferring User Mood'

Your Move Patent Office. Are they trying to patent an idea again? More precisely, an overly broad, idea that would be fairly trivial to implement using existing hardware. Given that, do they have even a working implementation? These are real questions, I haven't read TFA. These are the kind of patents that need to stop though. Copyright the implementation of your algorithm and move on.

Comment: Re:Privacy Issues (Score 3, Insightful) 273

by Nerdfest (#46106949) Attached to: UK Government May Switch from MS Office to Open Source

For cost savings and flexibility, getting rid of office for a more open alternative is the first step towards being able to use non-Microsoft platforms for desktops as well. Once you're not tied to them you can start looking at Linux, OSX, Android, etc. The lock-in is gone. If Microsoft is paying attention, this should scare the crap out of them.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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