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Comment: This makes no sense (Score 1) 344 344

Because Google pays billions to Apple to make its search engine the default search provider for iOS devices, the company collects much more from ads placed on Apple devices than from ads on Android devices.

This makes absolutely no sense. Why would they earn more from ads placed on Apple devices than from ads on Android because Google pays Apple? There may be more ad revenue from Apple users, but this would be a result of what advertisers are willing to pay to reach these users, not because of what Google does or doesn't pay to Apple.

Besides that, I don't think that claim of more revenue from iOS devices is true. A few weeks ago I saw a report from Opera that claimed ad revenue from Android had passed iOS.

Comment: What's the problem? (Score 1) 307 307

Android apps can be ported to QNX, so why aren't app developers doing that? Oh yeah, I forgot, no one uses QNX devices ... and no one wants to develop J2ME apps for BBOS either.

Maybe Mr Chen should be more focused on developing his ecosystem. Incentivize developers to port their apps and help partners create apps that offer the equivalent of the most popular apps in the other app stores.

Comment: Here's a clue (Score 3, Insightful) 281 281

From the original article:

Back doors are a bad idea, Schmidt said. “It’d be great, if you’re the government, to have a trap door, but how do we at Google know that the other governments are not taking over the trap door from you?” he said.

He is not saying the government (presumably the US government) shouldn't have a backdoor. He is only expressing a concern that other governments might find ways to exploit it.

Bottom line ... it still seems like Google will hand over any data the US government wants.

Comment: Great problem to have (Score 1) 279 279

It always makes me feel depressed when reading posts like this. I live in South Africa. The quality of service we get from our fixed line provider means that I rarely get more than 384 Kbps on a 2 Mbps DSL connection. The fact that you need a way to make your home network about 3000 times faster instead of just 1800 times faster than my connection makes me want to cry. What makes it worse is that I pay about $50 USD a month for the "service".

Comment: Re:What a great man (Score 1) 311 311

What you need to remember is that at the time the Soviet Union was very active in Africa, with particularly close relations with Angola. South Africa was a counter point to this ... The enemy of my enemy is my friend. South Africa also had vast mineral resources. It was producing about half the worlds gold along with many other minerals such as platinum, vanadium, manganese and uranium. It is also very well situated strategically.

"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." -- George Carlin