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Comment Re:So how is this different (Score 1) 101

Google Wallet still exists (for P2P payments), but it was split out from Android Pay so that Google could strike up these agreements with the payment networks. Without removing P2P payments, none of the big banks or credit card networks would make it easy for Google to do NFC payments, because they are all building P2P payment networks of their own.

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 254

So what those people are probably saying amounts to: they are comfortable with what they have and don't want to learn something new...

...except that when Microsoft occasionally *forces* people to learn something new (e.g. when they released the ribbon UI for Office, or the crazy Metro UI for Windows), people swallow that pill anyway because they have to. What it really comes down to is that most people prefer living their lives in a catatonic/comatose state.

Comment Re:A couple points (Score 0) 235

First, the new parent company is just called "Alphabet" - not "Google Alphabet", as the summary claims.

Technically, "Alphabet, Inc."

Second, on the face of it this seems more like a rebranding than anything else. Nothing seems to be changing; they're just renaming "Google" to "Alphabet", and then repurposing the Google name to be used for one already-existing division within the renamed company.

You have that inverted: Google will remain named Google, but it will become just one of several companies under the Alphabet umbrella. It's a refactoring and a modularization.

Comment Heat issues (Score 1) 109

Stacking at 2x the depth produces 2x the heat per square unit of die size. We already have heat and power budget issues that give rise to "dark silicon". Therefore, there isn't very much vertical room to expand either. (And to think that the entire human brain runs at about 0.5 Watt...)

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955