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Comment Re:"Messaging service"? (Score 4, Informative) 92

1) SMS are still not free in lot's of the world, and obscenely expensive in comparison to the data fees.
2) e-mail is SOooo 90's, lot's of people not even check it any more.
3) Default messaging apps (Google’s and Apple's ) are still not interoperable, some people never generate / are aware of generating an ID for those.
4) Facebook is not universal, not all facebook users use facebook on the phone, and there is people actively avoiding it for multiple reasons.
5) Whatsapp is free , just works TM and filled the niche first.

Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 212

Somewhere I read that giving scholarships to force women into tech, in egalitarian countries where they could actually choose another path, would result in those women leaving their major, producing workforce deficit because of those empty places that could have been filled by men.

I think that it was a British study case in the Chemistry field, and these were made with public money. I wasn't able to find the source for it.

I can't think why private funds would choose to involve themselves in that sort of failure.

Comment Re:Nokia and software (Score 1) 111

Apparently you never heard of the Burning Platforms memo.
We'll never know if Elop was actually a mole inside Nokia,

But just when maemo/meego was stable enough to depreciate Symbian after >10 years of development, they choose to throw everything away and go the W7->W8 way.

This decision was made when Nokia still dominated the smartphones market (yes, Symbians were smart phones), android was a bag full of crap, and the Iphone 1 was prettier but inferior than the N900.

I think W8 lumias were grate phones for people who don't care about apps, but arrived too late.

Meanwhile in a parallel world, Nokia's meego might have stood a chance (or might lay somewhere between Palm and BlackBerry )

Comment Re:Cheap Knockoffs (Score 1) 202

The problem is that consumers seem to be between fool to believe in "mystical horns", but not fool enough to not DNA sequence them before paying.
Once the market is flooded, a warranted non counterfeit horn will have a price high enough to keep the business alive. And the magic hand of free market will keep shooting rhinos to feed the Chinese market.

Comment Re:Atheists are believers (Score 1) 111

It's not banal when the Agnostic is trying to say in a politically correct way:
"You have no evidence for your religion, despite searching for it, but it could totally still be true, the reality is that I Don't give a shit about it, so let's talk about something else"

People know what they're getting into when they purchase a Religion. I'm not so sure what know about Homeopathy.

Comment Re:I dont get why... (Score 1) 91

For a lot of people internet = facebook.

Google's business model biggest enemy is Facebook because it's a closed.
That means there is a huge chunk of the internet that can't be indexed, and lots of eyeballs that won't ever be theirs.

Promoting "open" social networking is good for them.

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