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Comment: Re:Well, if you're going to push... (Score 1) 159

by bipbop (#47915219) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Although we can't actually observe what goes on inside the majority of people's heads, we can observe usage through corpora and the like, and it does seem that most people agree that the verb google means specifically "to search using Google". But it's also clear that not everyone uses the verb this way—it's generic for some speakers, and this is true regardless of what any court decides.

Comment: Re:If there was only one viable choice ... (Score 1) 159

by bipbop (#47914649) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic
For over a decade, there's been a simplified search page similar to Google's at Of course, there's no reason to use Yahoo! Search anymore, but they did listen back then. (I was working there at the time, so I have a decent but probably imperfect memory of the timeline.)

Comment: Re:Considering... (Score 1) 279

by bipbop (#46164681) Attached to: With HTTPS Everywhere, Is Firefox Now the Most Secure Mobile Browser?

For every site I use regularly, I have a one- or two-letter shortcut. When I want to use Slashdot, I hit ^L to focus the URL bar, type the letters sd, and then hit enter.

If I wanted to use Slashdot with HTTPS (which I don't), I would simply change the URL associated with that shortcut to say https instead. It would be zero extra letters for me.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.