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Comment: Ridiculous (Score 3) 83

by bipbop (#49023135) Attached to: The Uncanny Valley of Voice Recognition

Do you think the freshman Congressman from California's Twelfth deserved to sit on HUAC, and how did that impact his future relationship with J. Edgar?

It's hard to imagine anyone who's actually used Siri thinking that question could get a useful answer. Siri can't understand even far more basic English. It's not much more advanced than Dr. Sbaitso.

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 http://search.yahoo.com/. 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.

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