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Comment: Re:Good (Score 3, Interesting) 225

by mystikkman (#47526107) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Content creation? You mean only English essays, right? Can the students even install and use a proper compiler or something like AutoCAD? Photoshop?

A heavily DRM'ed up "laptop" that no one can do anything except be forced to Google cloudservices to even login and a browser is a rational choice now? Not to mention Google Apps and email which helpfully uploads everything to the Google Cloud.

It pulls Palladium to shame since you can't install any apps except those provided by the Google overlords.

This proves that all the Slashdot talk about software freedom is thinly disguised Microsoft hate since everyone here seems to be pumping up heavily locked down iDevices and Chromebooks.

Comment: Re:Watch out (Score 3, Informative) 74

by mystikkman (#46566869) Attached to: Google Now Arrives In Chrome For Windows and Mac

Google will track which stores you visit if you turn on Google Now on your Android phone.

Not just Android phones, even iOS devices.

If iOS users open their Chrome, Gmail or Google Maps app in a store, their location can be deemed a store visit

Even the Gmail app snoops on you. Why does it need your location? Sigh.

Comment: Re:That doesn't sound like a "leak". (Score 1) 110

by mystikkman (#46356629) Attached to: Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

So if the thief that was arrested was of a different skin color(analogous to how Slashdot treats MS compared to Google/Apple) would you still say the same thing? If someone is criticizing how 3% of the market does things, it sure helps to understand what the other 97% is doing differently to put things in perspective.

Comment: Re:That doesn't sound like a "leak". (Score 1) 110

by mystikkman (#46349427) Attached to: Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

The issue you're talking about might be a bug...


Hello officer, why such a stink over robbing the blind mans collection of wind chimes? My neighbors did it too!

That analogy would make more sense if one of your neighbors stole wind chimes from 60 people in plain sight with hundreds of witnesses that would testify, and another one did the same from 37, but you stole from 3 people, and the police come after only you with a SWAT team while the others watch the raid while lounging on their front lawn. Your OP in this thread sounds exactly like that given the marketshare numbers.

Comment: Re:That doesn't sound like a "leak". (Score 1) 110

by mystikkman (#46333157) Attached to: Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

If it is not using the GPS it is uploading tower data to get a rough position for the find my phone option.

So you want Microsoft to be able to find your phone without being able to know where your phone is.

How do you use your devices GPS for a local mapping application without also participating in Microsoft's crowdsourcing? It seems to be all or nothing which is unacceptable.

Perhaps it is, but AFAIK both iOS and Android do the same thing. Google even killed Skyhook and is facing a lawsuit in order to get hold of location data.
Why is such a stink raised over Microsoft doing it?

You need to developer unlock your device to sideload... this requires a Microsoft account and a developer account.. which means find my phone is then not optional.

That doesn't make any sense. You can turn off find my phone even if you have a MS and dev account and dev unlock your device.

Comment: Re: And Slashdot goes to zero (Score 1) 390

by mystikkman (#46119361) Attached to: IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

So no actual websites then? You do know that FF and IE also have moz- and ms- CSS tags for their specific implementations so this isn't just a Webkit (which BTW is not just Chrome) thing.

Are you intentionally being dense? That post is from Opera, a browser company that was forced to support webkit tags because developers are not putting in the normal prefix-less prefixes or Opera prefixes, but only adding webkit tags even if the standards or Opera support the feature. They finally got fed up and switched to webkit, reducing the variety in mainstream browser engines from 4 to 3.

I do know FF and IE support their own prefixes,but IIRC even FF was also forced to support some webkit tags. This is about vendors forced into support *other* tags. I can't explain it simpler than this.

Comment: Re:And Slashdot goes to zero (Score 0) 390

by mystikkman (#46113473) Attached to: IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

"Microsoft to abandon Windows Phone"
(As an aside, the above story was submitted by the zealot megalomaniac symbolset).

Isn't that the same guy that credited himself for planting the lie about Kin selling only 500 devices and posted that he was better than the Microsoft marketing department? Makes sense that he would make up and submit a story about MS discontinuing Windows Phone. And he's around in this story too, with anti-MS spiel again. Sigh Slashdot. It's time to lay it to rest.

Comment: Re:Death Knell For Microsoft's Monopoly? (Score 2) 511

by mystikkman (#45975557) Attached to: Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

Investment analysts have noticed for quite some time that Apple's iphone has a "halo effect." Specifically, people who buy iphones are more likely to buy Macs (and ipads) in the future. And apple is quite good at this sort of turnover.

So the news here is not that so many iphones are sold. The news is that this may indicate the status of Mac vs. PC in the future.

Is that why Mac sales are decreasing quarter after quarter?

+ - Italy Approves 'Google Tax' on Internet Companies

Submitted by recoiledsnake
recoiledsnake (879048) writes "Italy’s Parliament today passed a new measure on web advertising, the so-called “Google tax,” which will require Italian companies to purchase their Internet ads from locally registered companies, instead of from units based in havens such as Ireland, Luxembourg and Bermuda. Google, for example, says that it sells nearly all its advertising in Europe from an Irish unit, leaving little taxable profits in the countries where its customers are based. That unit in turn pays royalties to a second Irish subsidiary, which says its headquarters are in Bermuda. Google last year moved nearly $12 billion to the Bermuda unit, the majority of its worldwide income, cutting more than $2 billion off its global income tax bill. Google’s Italian unit last year reported total income taxes of just 1.8 million euros, corporate filings show."

Comment: Re:Are the Android OEMs banned from shipping CM? (Score 1) 133

They don't have the ability to install Gapps and Services. People download them from other sites that are committing copyright infringement and which can be taken down by Google.

Comment: Are the Android OEMs banned from shipping CM? (Score 2, Interesting) 133

I remember when Google threatened Acer with losing the Play Store and all Google app to stop Aliyun, claiming that the secret rules of the "Open" Handset Alliance prevented Acer from shipping Android forks.

Anyone know if the same rules prohibit all the major OEMs from shipping CM or Jolla(which has Android app support via a third party Dalvik implementation) phones?

The major OEMs include Acer, Asus, Dell, Foxconn, Fujitsu, HTC, Huawei, Kyocera, Lenovo, LG, Motorola, NEC, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, and ZTE.

If you have to ask how much it is, you can't afford it.