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Comment Is such an excessive fine called for? (Score 1) 228

Surely the purpose of a fine, or any other punishment, is to discourage similar behavior in future. I did a quick search on SkyPan and it looks like they have already obtained the proper authorization from the FAA (Drone startup issued biggest fine ever for flying without permission). So why hit them so hard if they have already adjusted their behavior? It's probably to set an example, but it seems very excessive for a legitimate company that appears to be adhering to the regulations already ...

Submission + - New Google Logo ( writes: In an effort to make the logo more suitable to be displayed on smaller screens, Google have updated their logo. This must make one wonder what small screens Google have in mind.

Comment Re:Tax dollars at work. (Score 1) 674

I know the overzealous community support officer made this about "abstracting electricity", but let's not get sidetracked by that, because it's not about the cost ...

As the article mentions, the socket is for use by cleaners when the train is in the station. While it is on the move it can switch from one substation to another. When this happens the feed could change phase and there could be a surge, which could damage anything that is plugged in.

The bottom line is that there is a valid reason the sockets should not be used.

Comment Re:Harry Shearer wanted more money (Score 2) 100

The Simpsons franchise generates massive revenue and returns for Fox. This is in no small part because of the "relationship" that viewers from across the globe have developed with the Simpsons characters, which are highly reliant on the well known voices. Harry Shearer does some very distinct voices for characters like Mr. Burns and Ned Flanders. His services are therefore involved in far more than mere talking as you suggest. He adds an immense amount of value and deserves to be well compensated.

This is the same reason other actors, professional sports people, famous musicians etc. make the kind of money they do. They add value ... Besides, $6,000,000 is a lot less than many people at the top of their profession in the corporate world make.

I'm not saying he's a good/bad guy or that he should be paid less/more. All I'm saying is that I would expect someone who is as central to the value creation of the Simpsons to be extremely well paid and think it is entirely justified.

Comment This makes no sense (Score 1) 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

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.

Some programming languages manage to absorb change, but withstand progress. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982