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Comment: Re:Significant difference (Score 1) 129

by farble1670 (#47404323) Attached to: Android Wear Is Here

but it's not easier to bring a tablet and a laptop than to just bring a laptop, right? and since a laptop does everything a tablet does (faster and on a bigger screen), why in earth would anyone ever need a tablet?

which by design only really does much when a smart-phone is in your pocket

i'm in BT range of my phone 99% of the day, and i think that's pretty typical.

Comment: Re:why? (Score 1) 346

by farble1670 (#47380425) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

first, you do realize what you suggest is called extortion, and it's illegal obviously. for a minute i was thinking that was your line but i guess not.

if goldman sachs wanted to cut a deal with me, why wouldn't I exploit that as much as possible?

if you saw someone drop $20 on the street, would you pick it up and walk away?
if you saw an unlocked car w/ a briefcase, would you open the door and take it?
if a business left their bank bag on the counter unattended, would you grab it?
if you were a used car salesperson and had the opportunity to unload a lemon on a young, first time car buyer, would you do it?

with your attitude, the answer to all these questions is "of course, why wouldn't I"? the reason you wouldn't is because you realize that we live in a society and despite laws and law enforcement and courts, it largely depends on people "doing the right thing" to maintain order.

for most of us, this is just ingrained in our personalities. call it empathy. we subconsciously put ourselves in the place of others and give it the "how would you like it?" test. i know this type of thinking is completely alien to you, but i just wanted to give you a little glimpse into how the humans think.

my brother, who works in finance, has a favorite expression for when he gets the extreme upper hand in a deal. "ripping their faces off".

i'd love to get your parents in a room and just tell them what a great job they did on you and your brother. clearly upstanding, pillars of our society you two are.

it's not like we're dealing with a little old lady or a church

GS is an investment firm that manages the money of many old ladies and churches, so yeah, you are dealing with them indirectly.

Comment: Re:Ego (Score 1) 236

by farble1670 (#47352973) Attached to: Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

I'm not sure what Google's business plan really is. Is it to make cars, or at least make money by supplying software for cars?

they want in cars for the same reason they want in phones, on your wrist, on your desktop, on your thermostat, and so on. they want you using google services, and thereby looking at google ads.

cars will be web / internet enabled. they want to control that experience. even if they aren't showing you ads in the car, they want to you using google maps (or whatever) in the car so you'll be more likely to use google maps, and other google services everywhere else. e.g., they make some money from licensing google apps for android, but it's really about getting / keeping people using google search.

Comment: wrong (Score 1) 254

by farble1670 (#47300787) Attached to: The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

62% of the more than 18,000 U.S. consumers it polled said social media had no influence on their buying decisions

sure, there are of course individual ad campaigns that fails, but this isn't how you come to that understanding.

while i'm not a professional "pollist", this seems tremendously flawed. first, advertising's effects are largely on the subconscious. it's not like you see an add for mcdonald's and think out loud to your self "i'm going to get some mcdonalds". it's more like you see 500 ads for mcdonalds where multicultural hipsters are hanging out and having fun eating mcdonalds on youtube and the next time you are driving through a pack of fast food restaurants, your familiarity with mcdonalds makes you lean one way. it's why restaurants like mcdonalds, burger king, taco bell, applebees, dennys, and so on make so much $. it's not because they are good, it's because people are familiar with them (usually combined with them not being terrible).

second, people like to think they are individuals with free will. if you ask them if they are driven to purchase goods and services by ads, of course they are going to say no.

advertising WORKS. you can see this by the fact that companies continue to up their spending, hundreds of billions year after year. if there's one thing i do know, it's that corporations like money. they wouldn't continue to shell out greater and greater sums every year if they weren't measuring positive results.

Comment: Re:$750??? HAHAHAHAH!!! (Score 1) 192

by farble1670 (#47267537) Attached to: Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

$649 for the base one, the same as basically all other flagship smart phones...

no flagship phone released in the last year has 1280x700-ish resolution.

regardless. you can't be a newcomer and expect people to pay the price that they're paying for established, loved brands. it's the same mistake made early on by android tablet makers. they released tablets that cost as much as an iPad. however, when people want an iPad, they're going to by an iPad if everything else is about equal (price, etc). the newcomer has to lure you in with lower prices or massively better specs (which is almost impossible).

Comment: Re:Never store sensitive data you don't need. (Score 2) 142

"Then it's not convenient anymore," he said. "Look, you don't actually have a use for this data once you've processed the credit card transactions.

your software should never even have the data at all. it should be coming off a card read encrypted and going straight to the payment processor in that fashion. if you ever keep unencrypted card data around, even if it's only in the memory of your device, it's trouble (that's how target got hit ... something was scanning their memory for things that looked like credit card data).

and there's a lot more to it than that, not the least of which is ensuring that the hardware itself cannot be tampered with / hacked to access the CC data prior to it being encrypted.

taking payments is a dangerous business. if you are small time it's safer to accept paypal for some other payment method that doesn't involve you handling customers' data.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.