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Comment: Re:fuck me (Score 1) 125

by martin-boundary (#46608725) Attached to: Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company

If selling your search terms to advertisers were not in the business model, how much would you be willing to pay for Google? $50 a month? $100?

About 1/3rd of my internet bill, eg $20 per month. Lots of telecoms companies can survive on that amount. But given that I've been around the internet before Google even existed, I'm perfectly capable of imagining alternatives that don't require paying Google $100 to come up with products and services I don't use.

Comment: Re:fuck me (Score 1) 125

by martin-boundary (#46572559) Attached to: Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company
I'm no fan of Apple, but they NEVER spied on people as their primary business model. Google are a fucking nest of spies, pardon my French. They once were the luminaries who pulled the world wide web from a mess of near unsearchable data into an ordered scalable whole. Then they bought Doubleclick, and Doubleclick blackened their hearts and swallowed them whole, from the inside out. RIP Google of old, and FOAD.

Comment: Re:Just for a browser? (Score 1, Interesting) 240

by martin-boundary (#46462371) Attached to: Google To Replace GTK+ With Its Own Aura In Chrome
This is exactly how Microsoft fought the browser wars in the 1990's. By introducing deliberately incompatible, piecemeal and nonstandard ways of doing things, and making them defaults on Windows. Google does the same on Android and ChromeOS. Microsoft had Windows on every PC, except Apples. Google has Android on every smartphone, except Apples. You might ask, why should the Free Software Community care? Well, it used to be that Android was basically a linux distro. Linux distros are nice, because the user can replace anyting he likes and make everything just so. That works because the free software isn't just gratis, but has the kind of license that promotes collaboration, and a community of devs and users. Google have horrible licences, and want to replace existing software that runs unchanged on lots of OSes and architectures with their own, then bundle it with Android. In this way, you end up with an OS that runs proprietary software nobody except Google can change (realistically), and runs on every piece of hardware you can buy in stores (except Apples). It spies on you, and rams ads down your throat. And the ubiquitous Free Software we became used to in the internet boom years will become less available, since it won't run on the hardware people will want to buy.

Comment: Re:Conflict (Score -1, Flamebait) 125

by martin-boundary (#46454353) Attached to: Major Wikipedia Donors Caught Editing Their Own Articles
Part of the conflict has nothing to do with being the most knowledgeable on the subject, but actually raising the subject in the first place. For example, some unknown startup might write its own entry as an advertising vehicle. Of course, they're the most knowledgeable about the subject - themselves - but the subject isn't notable in the first place. It's just a thinly veiled ad for the company.

Similarly, intelligent design is an uninteresting, unimportant subject compared with accepted science facts. Obviously, intelligent designers are the most knowledgeable about their own claims, but they shouldn't be contributing articles about themselves - that would just be adverts for their cause - making their cause seem bigger and more important than it is to attract new followers and stay in the news.

There's an argument to be made that new articles about a company should be *creatable* only by third parties without a connection to the subject, who can judje if creating a page is actually meaningful or desirable. Most companies, especially the unknown ones, would then never get an article. Only once an article about a company already exists does it make sense for that company to submit edits for facts.

Comment: Re: i interpret it to mean (Score 1) 497

by martin-boundary (#46437381) Attached to: Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"
The aether was never proven to exist in the first place. It was always an untested assumption, mathematically convenient, which the Michelson Morley experiments contradicted. Therefore it was proven to *not* exist, and later scientific experiments haven't contradicted this *non*existence.

You appear to confuse convenient abstractions, whose truth or falsity must await a decisive experiment, with scientific laws that have already been tested. The latter, once tested, do no change, and are not repealed. The former are undetermined, until a test addresses them for the first time.

All your so-called contradictions are of this type. It's an easy mistake for non-scientists to make, because scientists often write about assumptions as if they were fact, just to explore their consequences. But every scientist keeps a mental table of what's been experimentally verified, and what's as yet undetermined.

Comment: Re:More or less (Score 1) 497

by martin-boundary (#46433305) Attached to: Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"
Just to clarify, they are only definitions in the theoretical sense, if you happen to be doing applied mathematics. If you happen to be in a physics lab, with physics equipment, performing actual experiments, then Newton's laws become nontrivial and deep statements about the nature of reality that you are experiencing.

Comment: Re: i interpret it to mean (Score 2) 497

by martin-boundary (#46433267) Attached to: Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

The philosophical underpinnings of science have advanced since then and the term law is no longer used.

By whom? Postmodern philosophers who live on the sidelines of Science and write papers about epistemological impossibilities? There used to be a philosopher called Zeno who believed that motion is impossible. The world ignored him.

Richard Feynman had a great quote that's quite apt in this regard: "Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds".

If you're a scientist doing actual Science today, then Laws exist. In fact, plenty of Laws exist. Plenty of Settled Science exists. There's always room for improvement, and plenty of things we don't know, but the new things we learn cannot contradict the past things we already learned. They can only polish the details.

To take an analogy. Past laws of Science are like a movie (representing reality) shown in DVD resolution. New Science can increase the resolution of the same movie to 1080p. You'll see more details more clearly, and you'll recognize how the old DVD resolution was sort of fuzzy in some places. But the movie remains the same, it's just more precise.

Comment: Re:Why do they need to unlock it? (Score 1) 465

by martin-boundary (#46433219) Attached to: Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

This is exactly what Apple are asking for is this case - proof of ownership, and the standard legal verification of the will.

Then either TFA is not truthful, or you're wrong. According to TFA, Apple are asking for a court order to prove that the mother was the original owner.

Reading TFA's summary, "We've provided the death certificate, will and solicitor's letter but it wasn't enough". "were asked to provide written consent for the device to be unlocked".

Anyway, this horse is pretty much dead by now, there's little point in beating it further.

Comment: Re:Why do they need to unlock it? (Score 1) 465

by martin-boundary (#46426875) Attached to: Apple Refuses To Unlock Bequeathed iPad

Now assume that I inherit my father's estate and I add a stolen safe into the possessions, also made by SafeCo. What happens if they unlock that for me without a court order?

If it's a stolen safe, it's not yours. (I assume it's not your late father's since if you inherit it it would be yours). So it's registered with someone other than you or your late father's. So SafeCo don't need a court order to know not to unlock it.

Now assume that you inherit your father's estate and one of those possessions is an ipad, made by Apple. Now it's up to Apple to unlock your ipad, since they have your father's details on file, so you have a right to it.

No need for a court order either way, just common sense.

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