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Comment: What a question? (Score 5, Interesting) 110

by bogaboga (#47957009) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?

Is owning a share of, say, Apple, conceptually the same as owning a share of Alibaba?

How can this be the case? In a few instances: -

If one is looking for return on investment, then it's probably the same.

If on the other hand, one is looking for an avenue to influence company direction, owning shares in Alibaba and startng this effort is almost a guaranteed exercise in frustration, for Alibaba is a company with capitalist "genes" which have a tinge of socialist, heavy-handed characteristics.

I should add that this isn't bad at all.

Comment: What? It's only a matter of time... (Score 1) 503

by bogaboga (#47937821) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

"So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8."

Let Apple relax for it's a matter of time. As any software developer knows, software will [always] have bugs. Apple's software is no different.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 2) 155

by bogaboga (#47913685) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

... if Ford or Toyota had franchised dealerships- they would have to get rid of them first in order to sell direct.

Why then is it that there are no manufacturers who sell directly to customers? Or, put it another way, why do all manufactures have dealerships?

Comment: Sounds "third-world" like... (Score 2) 124

...she had pressured staffers to hire the live-in boyfriend of an immediate family member over other, better-qualified applicants. When he finished 75th out of 76 applicants in the final round of screening, Cohn "intervened and created an additional position specifically for the applicant...

Can someone now say this is any different compared to what happens in those "third-world" countries? Seriously!!

Now I believe the mantra, "It's who you know..."..."not how much you know or anything else..."

Comment: Re:I can explain the failure[s] (Score 2) 182

by bogaboga (#47897049) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

I agree the effort could be improved, but you can't call it poor.

Let's agree that "poor" or otherwise, is subjective.

Now, let me say that I am a product of an educational system that many in the west despised when I came over. Guess what! I beat all of my classmates in their own mother tongue (English) and mathematics. In fact, I used to call it "chicken feed."

I still do some teaching now, but in all my classes, students from Asian and African education systems beat my native born Americans. This has been the case ALL the time.

One grammatical error I always hear goes as follows: "I would have went there..." Another one, "I have already ate..." I am no expert but this doesn't sound right. Or does it?

In my fiance's Journalism Class, three quarters of the students failed the English qualifying test administered in their own mother tongue! Reason: Poor English. Half the other quarter were from poor countries. I must say they changed courses later on as word spread that employment opportunities weren't that great.

Comment: I can explain the failure[s] (Score 2, Funny) 182

by bogaboga (#47896901) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

Well I have a theory. I has help up in all circumstances I have observed over the few decades I have spent as a tax paying citizen.

When things are free, expected outcomes, which would generally benefit subject populations never materialize..."

I have a few examples:

1: Collapse of the Canadian cod fishery industry

2: The extreme stress experienced by the so called "socialist" medical care system wherever it can be found. Result will be failure inevitably.

3: The obvious poor quality elementary and post elementary pupils western countries produce compared to kids from the Asian subcontinent where monies paid by hard-working parents, or even students themselves.

4: Hunger in some so called underdeveloped countries where starvation is obvious in the midst of lush green vegetation.

Comment: Re:Google should win this if they went to court... (Score 1) 290

by bogaboga (#47888049) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

Communication is two way. Monologue is one way.

No! Communication *can* be two or one way. It is two way in this case.'ll receive an automatic reply informing you that Google will not respond to or even read your message, due to the large number of emails received at that address...


Comment: Google should win this if they went to court... (Score 1, Interesting) 290

by bogaboga (#47888017) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

...based on a German law saying that companies must provide a means for customers to communicate with them.

Google can argue that they've met the requirements of the law by providing a means for customers to communicate. No where in the law does it require Google to respond.

Since Germany is a democracy, they should change the law to achieve what the state really wants from entities like Google.

Comment: Why not all apps at once? (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by bogaboga (#47886309) Attached to: Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

Google launched "App Runtime for Chrome (Beta)" which allows Android apps to run on Chrome OS without the need for porting. At the moment, only Duolingo, Evernote, Sight Words, and Vine are available on the platform with the rest of the Play Store's offerings to come later.

I wonder why all apps aren't available at once. I understand this App Runtime for Chrome akin to the Java RunTime, which when installed, would have all Java applications available. What am I [mis]understanding?

Comment: Re:Can we have a [credible] MS Access equivalent? (Score 1) 185

by bogaboga (#47836991) Attached to: Why Munich Will Stick With Linux

Look, I am not saying that MS Access is all that great. All I am saying is that it does its job well; if an appropriate job is thrown at it. I will give you an example: My current project is to develop something that simply matches what vial type to use for a specific test plus costs involved depending on urgency/volume/customer type etc. There are thousands of metrics to be tested and some of them share vials. Basically, it is just a front end to read data off a union query.

Guess what: All logic was programmed on the form. From what entries to accept, what format of data e.g. SSN and zip codes, what options/buttons to enable/disable and when, error messages to throw at the user, billing and all sorts of conversions (read Celcius or Fahrenheit and figures to words). It's all beautiful in Access.

I will admit that one has to compact the DB from time to time for optimal operation, but this is something that can be automated.

People like you ignore a very important market, a market that you could later introduce what you think works better! Imagine such an approach.

In some of my work, I have created functions where I simply supply variable entries like customer names etc. At the end of it all, I would have a DB schema. One that I'd simply modify to meet my needs.

Open Source doesn't have anything close! Sad!!

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