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Comment So fix it (Score 1) 254

I believe G+ is a decent enough product.

If Google would simply reduce the staff considerably and make signup optional, then they could reduce their expectations and let it live or die on its own merit.

It isn't like there is a going to be a 2.0 or some huge new feature in this space. There is no need to invest heavily.

Comment Re:wft ever dude! (Score 1) 210

This is a weak retort to a sticking argument. From grandparents to teens, people have quickly learned that you need to:

    - use VPNs to access sports channels that are blocked in your region

    - use VPNs and common sense to access social media that is blocked in your country

    - use strong encryption to protect discussion of drugs that aren't legal yet

    - block ads / use incognito mode to avoid letting websites you visit learning your sexual orientation or other potential secrets

People will be quick to learn:

  - use IPV4-style addressing (one per house) when voting, or accessing media you already purchased, the "wrong" way, to stay out of jail


Comment Re:When do I get to be a multinational corp? (Score 1) 330

From Wiki:

>> In 2003–2004, the European Commission investigated the bundling of Windows Media Player into Windows, a practice which rivals complained was destroying the market for their own products.[citation needed] Negotiations between Microsoft and the Commission broke down in March 2004, and the company was subsequently handed down a record fine of €497 million ($666 million) for its breaches of EU competition law.[citation needed] Separate investigations into alleged abuses of the server market were also ongoing at the same time.[citation needed] On December 22, 2004, the European Court decided that the measures imposed on Microsoft by the European Commission would not be delayed, as was requested by Microsoft while waiting for the appeal.[citation needed] Microsoft has since paid a €497 million fine, shipped versions of Windows without Windows Media Player, and licensed many of the protocols used in its products to developers in countries within the European Economic Area. However, the European Commission has charactized the much delayed protocol licensing as unreasonable, called Microsoft "non-compliant" and still violating antitrust law in 2007, and said that its RAND terms were above market prices; in addition, they said software patents covering the code "lack significant innovation", which Microsoft and the EC had agreed would determine licensing fees.[13] Microsoft responded by saying, that other government agencies had found "considerable innovation".[14][15] Microsoft appealed the facts and ruling to the European Court of First Instance with hearings in September 2006.

I am failing to see how this relates to the current argument at hand.

Comment Re:First thing I thought of (Score 2) 446

Maybe this is the first step of the grand monetization scheme...

ALM can now start a Kickstarter: "if we receive $20,000,000 we will invest the full efforts of our company into a rockclimbing website and immediately shut down all other websites including X, Y, Z and delete all user data."

The third step would be the hacker provides explicit endorsement of this scheme "as a means to an end" after the Kickstarter begins.

Because of the power-law value of customer information (many fake, some disguised, few real, a couple elected officials with full doxable data) this scheme is the best way to attract payment. Also because the way Kickstarter works and the techniques used to prevent draft evasion (too long for this margin) there is a strong incentive for those with the most to lose to attract payment from those with less to lose.

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