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Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 282

by Tom (#48442691) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Isn't the EU shoving it down the people's throats what the person was arguing?

The GP claimed the EU is shoving laws down nation states' throats, but that's only a dangerous half-truth. The fact that typically the same politicians who claim "bad EU makes us do evil things" are the ones behind the EU doing said things is a critical part of the puzzle the GP either wasn't aware of or omitted intentionally.

Comment: Re:Unnatural aspect ratio (Score 1) 194

by hey! (#48441543) Attached to: Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

There's no such thing as a "natural" aspect ratio, because sitting with your eyes glued to a monitor isn't what we evolved to do.

Years of designing software have taught me one thing, which is that interfaces have to suit the task. When I'm writing or reading, I like a vertically oriented monitor. When I'm watching a movie, I like wide aspect ratio monitor. When I'm programming, I like a moderate aspect ratio landscape monitor, but very, very big. Bigger than I'd want to read a book on or watch a movie on.

So every monitor used for every kind of task is necessarily a compromise, but some monitors may be just the thing for a certain task. Maybe there's a task or mix of tasks where an 19" x 19" sqauare is a good compromise, or a single task where it's ideal. They seem to be pitching it at CAD users. I can see that. I've got my bridge drawings in a rectangular area on screen, but I still have another generous rectangular area for property sheets, tool palletes etc. When I'm working on my tower I arrange things into vertical rectangles.

Or this thing could be a nutty idea in search of a use. But there's probably one out there.

Comment: Re:In an unrelated news item... (Score 1) 282

by Tom (#48441525) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

and the EU is a conglomeration of thugs who makes a lot of their money by suing big companies for free money.

If I had a dollar for everytime someone posts these 100% predicatable pieces of hogwash, I'd put Warren Buffet to shame.

The EU is so crazy corporation-friendly, claiming they're in any way treating corporations badly is like saying the oceans are evil bastards because they're trying to drown all the fish.

Comment: Re:Yawn ... (Score 1) 163

by terjeber (#48441515) Attached to: Microsoft Azure Outage Across the Globe

Sure, but when you have outages and stability issues which impact your business, is it really a good trade off?

Yeah, and in-house stuff never fails, right? Honestly, I am willing to bet that for the vast majority of corporations out there, their own infrastructure is nowhere near as reliable as the cloud infrastructure from any of the main suppliers. The main reason they would not be able to reach the cloud would be that some dimwit had re-configured a router somewhere again (which would also have knocked out any in-house stuff).

Comment: Re:What's so special about Google? (Score 1) 282

by Tom (#48441509) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

What you are referring to while calling it "barrier to entry" is actually "barrier to becoming the top player".

You failed telepathy class, I assume?

No, I meant barrier to entry. You may think that if you put up a website on a free webhosting site that returns results from that MySQL database your single-threaded Perl crawler is filling, you've somehow entered the search market, but I'm pretty sure everyone who's stopped laughing will explain that's not what entering a market means.

You've not entered the furniture megastore market either when you're selling your old sofa on ebay, you know?

Comment: First and foremost (Score 5, Insightful) 98

by vivaoporto (#48441389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?
Get a good accountant to keep the books in order. Get a good lawyer so you always have someone vetting your contracts and preventing or solving any litigation you may find yourself entangled.

Don't try to do all by yourself, delegate everything you are not a specialist so you can focus on your core aptitudes.

Comment: Re:Helium shortage, US govt effed-up (Score 1) 102

Air is 5 ppm helium and 15 ppm neon. Neon lifts balloons too, but we don't use it because it's too expensive to recover from the air, and recovering helium is even more inefficient.

We'll never run out on any timescale that matters, the loss to outer space is only concern over geological time spans.

NOTHING is a concern over geological time periods! The Sun will eventually swallow the Earth- but nobody seems to care too much. Helium depletion on Earth will be a blip on a geological time scale, but during that blip helium will be just a memory to several thousand generations.

Helium is for sissies anyway. I don't care if Donald Trump commutes to work in a blimp refilled with freshly scented helium-3 every morning. MY airship has a pedal-powered generator to pump current through a electrolysis chamber. Hydrogen works so much better than helium anyway... it really gets you high.

Comment: Re:So good that the proxy battle is over (Score 1) 46

by Solandri (#48440619) Attached to: Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Sounds like it. Apple and 5 publishers tried to raise the price of new "e-books from the $9.99 price that Amazon had made standard".

So why does Amazon get to set the price, and not Apple or the publishers?

This is so simple I'm amazed you got voted up. Fundamental market mechanics is that sellers try to raise the price, buyers try to lower the price. Everything from someone haggling over an item at a flea market to a multi-billion dollar corporate buyout operates this way. Both buyer and seller are acting in their own interests. However, the counterbalance to sellers having the power to raise the price is that if they raise it too much, buyers can go to a different seller to get the same or similar item. That natural balance between sellers trying to get as high a price as they can without driving buyers to competitors is what sets the market price.

Apple and the publishers were sellers who tried to raise the price. If they'd arrived at that price individually, then there's no problem. But they colluded to set it at that price, which is absolutely illegal since it breaks this fundamental market mechanic.

Amazon was a seller who tried to lower the price. That's not a problem since it benefits the buyer. It's just like a store deciding to hold a sale. (There's an anti-trust argument that Amazon shouldn't be selling ebooks at a loss, using profits from other markets to undercut competitors in the ebook market. But that wasn't the focus of this particular case, and its disingenuous to try to argue Apple and the publishers aren't guilty because of this. Both can be illegal. If Amazon's ebook pricing is driving competitors to bankruptcy, then that's a separate issue that needs to be decided in a separate case.)

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 2) 282

by Tom (#48439735) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

What part of this is not true? The EU is operating like a socialist federation these days: they shove EU laws (up to and including a constitution) through their member states' throat and enforce them

You have no idea how EU politics works.

What's being "shoved down member states throats" are almost all laws that the national politicians wanted, but couldn't get through locally because of popular resistance and the media eating them alive. So they push it up to the EU, it comes back a few year later, thanks to short public memory they now claim they have no choice, it's an EU mandate, and they get the laws they wanted.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 1) 282

by Tom (#48439723) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

What is happening here is that a bunch of politicians are interfering in the legitimate business of a private enterprise.

Without this naster "interference", those private enterprises wouldn't exist. The government provides the stability, regulation and occasional enforcement of the rules that enables the business world to function at all. Without contract law and courts, do you really think the stock market, stock ownership of corporations and the whole investment sector would exist?

Funny how one kind of "interference" is taken for granted, as long as it benefits you, but as soon as you don't like it, it's evil nasty mafia-style badness.

Not as a result of violating any laws

It's called anti-trust, and yes there are laws about it.

Comment: Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (Score 2) 282

by Tom (#48439713) Attached to: The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Yugoslavia was no threat to EU, ever. It was a civil war, and within Europe many people consider it a mistake to become involved.

As for Putin - you can think what you want, he's never expressed any desires to expand into Europe. That he got nervous about Ukraine - well, after Kuba you americans shouldn't be talking. What would you do if there was a revolution in Mexico or Canada and the new government is strongly pro-Russia with open, direct and very vocal russian support? Or chinese. Or both. You'd sit on your asses and say "let the people decide", yes?

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