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Comment: Re:Android IS a huge financial success. . . (Score 1) 176

by IamTheRealMike (#49790685) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

If you're the sort of person who believes any and all business is merely a way to make profit and nobody who creates a company ever actually cares about the task they perform, then sure. Reality is more complex than that.

Re: China. iOS is in the minority in China. Even at the time of the iPhone 6 launch iOS market share was only 20%, but iOS market share always spikes around the time of a new iPhone launch, then falls back down in the other quarters. And China is a special case - Google isn't willing to play ball with the communist government so the services that make Android most useful are all blocked there. Apple cooperates so they can sell iOS as is, getting a built-in advantage. Despite this, Android still dominates.

Comment: Supreme court to DOJ, Challenge Accepted (Score 3, Insightful) 120

DOJ: We recommend you don't take this important copyright case.
SCOTUS: Oh really, why is that?
DOJ: Corporate interest mostly, we are looking to create a new form of monopoly power, and Larry Ellison has some really cool Sailboats.
SCOTUS: Thanks for your recommendation, we are looking forward to hearing this case and just added it to the docket.

Comment: Re:Android IS a huge financial success. . . (Score 1) 176

by IamTheRealMike (#49790039) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

From their perspective it'd be much worse than higher search rev shares. If Android did not exist, Google Maps would have been wiped out overnight on mobile when Apple decided to go it alone (against the wishes of their own userbase, no less). Android was never about making direct profit, it was always about ensuring Google was able to deliver their services directly to users. They were quite open about this from the start. And judged by this standard it has been an incredible, epic success.

iOS is on the way down anyway. Outside of English speaking countries and Japan it's in the minority everywhere. In some countries, especially European countries like Germany and Spain, the iPhone has been crushed.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 3, Interesting) 176

by Noryungi (#49789933) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

I'll second that one. My first Android phone was really bad. It was slow, buggy, full of crapware, and a pain to use.

I "switched" to a Samsung Galaxy Note, and never looked back. The user experience was simply great, almost as good as an iPhone, but much cheaper and with none of the iTunes crap.

I am now using a Nexus 5 and a Nexus 7, and I absolutely love them both. My next smartphone will be either the next generation of Nexus, or the next Samsung.

Comment: Article is trole. (Score 0, Troll) 176

by bmo (#49789843) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Article is obviously written by an iOS fanboi.

The reason why people switching coming from Android is because the rest of the pack is simply too small.

Microsoft powered phones don't exist in the real world. I have yet to see one. They are apocryphal.

Before I get piled on by Softies, I have to point out that your fearless leaders ignored the smartphone market until it was too late. The "let the other guys do the pioneering and go in later to use dodgy tactics to muscle into the market" doesn't work all the time. And this time they ceded the market to everyone but them.


Comment: Re:Rather a very poor job. :-( (Score 1) 83

by Trapezium Artist (#49789471) Attached to: Making the World's Largest Panoramic Photo

I have to say, this is borderline pointless.

Firstly, most of the detail is of relatively uninteresting bits of snow, rock, and ice: there's no real motivation to zooming in and poking around, as there is in a similar multi-gigapixel panorama of a city, for example.

As someone said above, the real grandeur of the scene comes in taking in the wider view, at which point the whole hi-res aspect is totally moot.

Plus the mosaic making sucks. Really, right from the get-go, the repeated features in the foreground snowfield are utterly distracting, followed by blurring in many areas when you zoom in a little.

Admittedly, such things are extremely difficult to do well / right (I know from experience), but I've seen plenty of other panoramas which are far better in post-processing.

Ultimately, the question becomes: why bother? Oh, because it's "the most pixelliferous image ever taken". Sigh.

Comment: Re:They're bums, why keep them around (Score 1) 739

by Tom (#49788521) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

stronger government regulation and nationalization, your support for large amounts of spending on "education and public services" have been driving politics again and again in German history

Obviously, you are entirely ignorant about recent politics in this country, which copied every neo-conservative idea coming out of US think tanks and added a couple of their own on top of it.

You never learnt the history of social security systems either, or very badly. When Bismarck created the foundations of the social security systems still in effect in Germany, his intention was so right-wing that Republicans would immediately support him as president: He wanted to undercut the growing influence of unions and socialist parties, by creating a stripped-down version of their vision. Now that the working class was not fighting for survival anymore, he could pretend it's a non-issue and catch their votes on other topics.

After WW2, it was the USA that, let's say "strongly encouraged" western Germany and other european countries to adopt what we call "social capitalism", a blend of the cut-throat capitalism of the US and the socialism of the communist countries. A mostly capitalist system with strong social security protections in place. Again the purpose was purely political: America was afraid that especially in war-torn Europe where many people had lost everything, a pure unleashed capitalism with its income gaps and class divides would drive too many people to embrace socialistic ideals, widening the sphere of influence of communist Russia. The purpose was, again, to give people just enough to make the political alternative less interesting.

As for "disastrous results", let's talk about the Wirtschaftswunder and how Germany, #16 in the world by population, became the #1 export nation for many years and has never for the past 60 years not been in the top 3.

Comment: Re:"Annoying ads" (Score 1) 275

by Tom (#49788473) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

Actually their acceptable ads

The real kicker (and why I switched to AdBlock Edge a long time ago) is that they ask for 30% revenue share on those acceptable ads, and with that they got too much into bed with the advertisement industry.

Especially given that AdBlock now belongs to a group of advertisement companies, and they whitelist all the ads from their network by default.

They sold out, simple as that, and they fight in court not for the good cause (though that is a side-effect and a very good one) but to protect their revenue stream.

Comment: Re:Out of curiosity (Score 1) 275

by Tom (#49788465) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

If you like something you support it, right?

So if you like my home, you should pay me for inviting you?

Outside the crazy world of advertisement, it doesn't work like that. You can offer a good or service for money, or you can offer it for free, those are two very simple choices everybody in the world understands.

Advertisers are trying to have the cake, and eat it. They understand that more people take a free offer. Check what sites run on advertisement. Mostly those where large numbers of customers by themselves are a KPI. Media sites, social networks, such like.
They could easily paywall themselves, but they choose not to, because in their sphere they are more important if they have more visitors. So they lure visitors in with the appearance of free service, but actually it is not for free, because ads. That's a bait-and-switch, if not for the fact that we all know the game.

If you post your newspaper online, I am free to read it. If you try to collect money for it, I am free to ignore you. The same as if you go to the park and make a public performance and then pass a hat around. I can decide to give you money or not, but you don't have a right to my money. If you want to have a right to my money, play in a hall and sell tickets.

"It is easier to fight for principles than to live up to them." -- Alfred Adler