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Comment Re:Perl? LOL. (Score 1) 34

Perl still has a place, however it isn't the golden child language it once was.
Perl heyday was during the mid-late 1990's when having a Relational Database was considered an expensive (in software price and/or in system requirements) so for Web Applications, that needed to do a server side data processing there was a lot of reading flat text data. Perl is still king at flat text processing. However with MySQL, PostGreSQL and Microsoft SQL Server 2000 being created and designed to be good enough to handle the large data sets, and with system resources that can fit on your mid range server. So PHP, Java servlets, ASP took Perl golden child status, as they are better designed to interact with the database, as well the ability to embed your code with your HTML simplifying the process.
So its place as the de facto language for all things web is rather dated... However it is still good for text processing and can do what it needs to do.

Comment Re:Obvious ruling (Score 0) 173

They'll just use payment processors in the US (or elsewhere) and tell the EU to stuff it in their ass. The EU has no power outside of the EU. If they don't want people accessing, say, Google then the onus is on them to stop it at their borders. Good luck with that. The US isn't going to be able to afford to bail them out again so hopefully they don't go all mental midget and bomb themselves into rubble as they're wont to do.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 226

If they had "no interest in monetising your data" then why does iAd exist at all? What was the always-on impossible to disable location logging about? Something doesn't add up here.

Apple and Google both recognised that people will demand privacy for things like health data. There is a difference of philosophy about how it should be managed - Apple takes the hand holding walled garden approach and just denies a lot of stuff, while Google gives you more options to decide for yourself.

You pays your money, you takes your choice. Google will let you buy ad free versions of most services, Apple makes you pay via hardware, or you pay via advertising and aggregation of your data.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 226

I'd love access to that information displayed in real time and in aggregate in a customizable display that takes up where my current instrumentation panel exists. What I do not want is a third party to have access to that information. However, I'd love a touch screen instrument display that enabled me to configure a number of "dashboards" with varied metrics and display formats for alternative driving scenarios. I just don't want Google, Apple, Microsoft, or Cannonical to have access to that.

I'd also love to be able to access that data for further review in a manner of my own choosing. It would be awesome to be able to compile that information and crunch some numbers and mash it up with things like a map. I'd then like to be able to choose to share it, if I wanted, with other interested parties. I think it would be good fun and amuse me for hours. I'd pay quite a bit for it, actually. Now that I think about it, I may see if someone can do it. It'd be neat to have a whole integrated information panel as well as an info-tainment panel that can be easily customized and skinned. I'll look around and see what's out there. Maybe someone's already done it and I don't know about it.

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 226

This trope really needs to die. If people were treated like products they wouldn't use Google services. Google has to treat users as customers, and indeed does sell a lot of stuff to them (services, apps, hardware). If it didn't the users would go somewhere else and Google would die.

This is obvious. The situation is simply more complex than the trope makes out. Unless you can get past the trope we can't really discuss Google in any meaningful way. There are problems, but not "you are the product".

Comment Re:It's not what Google wants.... (Score 1) 226

Apple just wants to do an infotainment system. Google's system is much more comprehensive, and will replace much of the car dashboard like the Tesla one does.

Google are aiming to provide a standard system that every car can use for all dashboard functionality. It will take time to get there, but eventually they want to be the big car OS, like they are currently the big mobile/tablet OS. Not just an add on entertainment system. Considering how crap many manufacturer's dashboards and human interfaces are, it could really raise the bar, or not.

It's a shame they don't offer both options in the new 911. The systems are not compatible and I wouldn't get an iPhone just for the car.

Comment Dash Computers are Suboptimal (Score 1) 226

In 10 years, it will still be a fine car but the dash computer will be an antique. My car has bluetooth and a phone jack, and that will allow me to hook up the latest equipment to navigate and entertain me, for a long time, and replace it on my own schedule.

Comment Re:From a geek's perspective (Score 1) 346

The thread starting here is a fair example of what I'm talking about. Sloppy makes a post which pretty much drips with sarcasm, and UnknownSoldier gets his knickers in a twist because, in his world, it's impossible for something to be a joke unless there's a big <<--LOL THIS IS TEH FUNNY sign pointing to it to tell him so, and gets called out on it.

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