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Comment: Re:In Reverse (Score 1) 68

by SourceFrog (#48440657) Attached to: Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa
Huh wtf? I'm just saying it's much more of an engineering challenge to launch rockets into space if you're an underwater species than a land-dwelling species - that's a plain straightforward fact, there is nothing even controversial about such a statement. Did you reply to the wrong comment? Nothing you said makes any sense as a reply to what I wrote. Or am I feeding a troll? Yeah, more likely.

Comment: Re: Good thought. (Score 2) 50

by SourceFrog (#48440357) Attached to: Indian Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Snub Android One Phones

These people likely don't know what smartphones are

Wow, good to know stone-age ignorance is alive and well still. Are you trolling or genuinely 'that ignorant'?

"India Has Higher Smartphone Usage Than the US: Study"

"Smartphone users in the country have among the highest rates of smartphone usage daily globally, spending over three hours on an average on their devices" -

"Smartphone explosion in 2014 will see ownership in India pass US " ... "Phone users in India and China will together buy more than 500m smartphones in 2014, comprising half of the total that will be sold in 47 key countries" -

But yeah, those primitive brown won't even know what a smartphone is hurr hurr

Comment: Re:In Reverse (Score 1) 68

by SourceFrog (#48440333) Attached to: Extreme Shrimp May Hold Clues To Alien Life On Europa

It does seem more "intuitive", however, scientific research continually reveals findings that run contrary to our intuition; we don't actually know enough about the mechanisms for the genesis of life to actually say one way or the other if this is true. What you have is a hypothesis - one that needs more research - this is actually an interesting area of active research. Perhaps "harsh" environments are exactly what's needed to create sufficient 'chemical turmoil' and the driving selection mechanisms.

I actually suspect that the majority of life - and intelligent life - in the universe is probably ocean-based. If ever space aliens visit us, unlike the movies, I suspect their spaceships may be more likely to be like sealed aquariums than an air-breathing setup. I've never seen this idea reflected in science fiction though.

I think it may also partly explain why we haven't seen evidence of other intelligent life (so-called Fermi paradox, though I place little stock in that "paradox") - it's probably more difficult for ocean-based alien civilizations to have space programs.

Comment: Re:Adblock plus is free (Score 1) 284

by SourceFrog (#48439757) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

@"Think of it less as a way to avoid ads, more of a way for your favourite sites to stay in business."

The problem with this though is that, while in principle true, websites are struggling to 'stay in business' from ads because AdSense payouts are a tiny pittance, Google takes the lion's share for their greedy selves ... I suspect that this Google Contributor thing will be the same. Watch what the payout percentages will be - I bet only a TINY percent will go to the website developer, and Google will get fatter and richer.

Comment: Re:Welp, sold (Score 1) 284

by SourceFrog (#48439751) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

@"I want my favorite websites to actually get money"

The reason our favorite websites are struggling to get by with advertising is that advertisers like Google - who are effectively just the "middlemen" between advertisers and publishers - take like 95% and a tiny percent only goes to the publisher, for most websites it's barely enough to even keep the lights on. Google are reaping massive profits from the advertisers, while the actual publishers who develop the content are struggling. It's the classic "monopoly middleman" business model.

Somehow I expect that with this Google Contributor thing, it's going to be equally disproportionate - Google again have an opportunity to reap a huge percent and give only scraps to the actual website/content developers whose backs they ride on.

Comment: Re:Ads (Score 1) 284

by SourceFrog (#48439743) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions
The real problem with the advertising model today, I think, is that the publishers are getting almost nothing and the "advertising middlemen" (e.g. Google) are reaping massively high profit margins from the advertisers. The poor website developers are getting almost nothing, Google gets the lion's share, and very very healthy financials.

Comment: Re:Out of touch with reality (Score 1) 62

by SourceFrog (#48425713) Attached to: US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

This is just a fancy recruitment test

I don't think I've missed the point, as I'm saying the same thing - I just think it's a lousy way to do recruitment. Analogy time: Say you want to hire a sex worker. Here are two methods:

1. Go find one that looks reasonable, initiate a negotiation. If you can find a mutually agreeable rate, hire her, otherwise continue looking for another one.

2. Issue a "challenge" to all sex workers. Declare that every day for the next 30 days, every applicant must give you a free blow job. At the end of the 30 days you will declare a grand "winner", paying the best one $500.

The difference between this analogy and the programmer challenge is that no sex worker would fall for the latter scenario.

Comment: Re:Out of touch with reality (Score 2) 62

by SourceFrog (#48425271) Attached to: US Intelligence Unit Launches $50k Speech Recognition Competition

I am sick of these "challenges" that effectively try get programmers to work for effectively well below market rates. As if we're like children, a "challenge" is supposed to make us set aside months or years of income to work on a really difficult problem that if we had to actually go out and do for a company in the job market, we'd be paid $100K/year or more. I think they probably attract young people who don't understand the value of their own time or skills, or who are more easily lured by childish notions like that it's a "challenge", or some of these types of "challenges" attract good programmers from poor countries who are desperate to become more recognized in the longer term - in that case they may at least get something useful out of it, but still I'd rather see these "challenges" pay at *least* closer to market rates for programming labor. As they say in prostitution and marriage, don't 'give away the goods for free'.

Comment: Re:Scrap heap (Score 1) 382

the real reason they'll die is because they can't get a foothold in the mobile market - Google doesn't allow Android devices to be bundled with another browser by default

Which is why Mozilla are trying to make Firefox OS.

Do they have much chance? Probably not, it's a long shot. But I say, worth a shot.

But Firefox was *born out of*, and partly a response to, a monopoly situation where one provider's browser had 95% market share. So I don't think Firefox is going to be killed by another monopoly provider reaching 95% market share - just go back to the sidelines, until Google's increasingly monopolistic practices piss off enough people that momentum develops behind promoting alternatives again.

Comment: Re:Difficult to assess (Score 1) 382

Funnily enough for some things I find better porn results with Bing. But Google seems to deliver the best results for coding-related queries in general .. it's like a drug, I keep trying to switch to other search providers but end up migrating back to Google.

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