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Comment Re:the WSJ is a fugu fish, and you are wrong. (Score 0) 32

Agreed -- the WSJ benefits from actually having journalistic integrity in their newsroom, willingness to report issues that don't generate ad clicks, and an audience wiling to pay for well written news. And yes, this applies to only their news reporting, their opinions are totally ridiculous.

Comment not all of Google (Score 1) 102

Well, first of all, Google and the EU better be clear about which part of Google faces any potential fine, because they won't have too much success trying to fine the Google parent for the alleged acts of its subsidiary. That is a much smaller part of Google. I wish reporters would get this point right in their stories.

Comment not quite.... (Score 2) 257

Well, you know the problem with Google's "first click free", was that if you repeatedly used incognito mode to Google search any WSJ article headline and open the link, every click turned out to be free... So the WSJ may have gotten wise to that and realized that completely cutting off people would finally get them to pony up the money.

Same for a lot of paywalls where they want to get you in the door but aren't measuring the unintended effects (cannibalizing their own subscription rate) very well....

Comment Re:The WSJ is hurting, you say? (Score 4, Insightful) 257

Oh, you should really look at the WSJ closer. Despite the often-ridiculous stances of their editorial page, their news room is one of the most reputable and high quality in the business. We should be thanking them for keeping quality reporting and investigation alive in this environment.

Comment someone explain? (Score 1) 147

I am confused why this launch vehicle needs to exist (and this is the first I'd heard of it so maybe I'm uninformed).

It’s supposed to air-launch multiple Pegasus rockets at once (Pegasus = small 1000lb payload).But those rockets already are reliably launched by an old L-1011 by Orbital Sciences. see wiki page

The cost of that plane is not huge, and I wonder why launching 3 at once would be so useful that they'd design and fly satellites with a totally unproven aircraft?

Comment silliness (Score 2) 86

This article, first of all, is so vapid and devoid of updated actual information it's embarrassing. Which case is it? Link to the docket / documents? If Slashdot could choose it's sources better, that would be great, thanks...

Second, and more on content -- these vapid articles always quote the maximum fine because they can't be bothered to do the research to figure out what part of the ruling is applicable. Sure, a $100B company *could* be fined 10% according to the legislation, but if you dig into the details, what court / ruling would actually fine an entire company for a relatively separate and contained part of its business? And could all of Alphabet parent actually be fined for it's one product in one region? Umm... maybe that would be the more reasonable thing to explain. The answer is pretty much, "no".

Finally, if Google takes the position that all it is providing is opinions on search results and links to websites that it finds interesting, how can it be sued for ranking one thing higher than another? Unless the EU commission takes an overly expansive view of the term "monopoly"?

I am a little surprised at how open Europeans are to their own form of religious zealotry compared to Americans-- which comes in the pursuing vague notions of privacy and competition without regard to practicality....

Comment That's a lot of value judgement... (Score 4, Interesting) 210

... for a court to be putting into a "like" button.

For one thing, does "liking" using the button imply endorsement? Does "like" mean what they think it means? Or was the person's intention? And what if it was inadvertent clicking?

What if the button was called "interesting..." instead?

You would think that a court would restrain itself and hesitate to rule, given so many possibilities of meaning and ambiguities here...

Comment wrong problem (Score 4, Insightful) 81

How about they work on the correct problem? I don't think the internet spreading the leaked exams is the issue, it's that the exams are leaked...

Might as well shut down electricity in the whole country to be absolutely sure, huh? Kind of a sign of a backwards government policy (or reflecting the lack of importance of internet/connectivity) when one small problem can cause a whole other system to be shut down...

Comment stop being distracted by symbols. (Score 1) 587

I'll tell you what this is:

This is about an issue that quietly gets handled appropriately by the few people it actually involves, without much fuss or muss, in the individual environments of schools, office buildings, businesses, etc. And nobody cares that much, until one side decides to make it a big political battle, trying to relate it to some big symbolic issue that it in reality has very little to do with. Or when some dumb suburban parent with more volume than common sense thinks their kids or "values" are at risk, no matter how distant or nebulous the chances.

And ultimately, because most of the time when someone paints something into a big symbolic picture, they're going to get smacked down because it turns out that the reality doesn't match the symbolism. Plus when it comes down to real $, businesses won't stand for stupidity that costs them money.

Honestly, I am constantly amazed how much of public discourse is consumed by symbolic issues that may evoke some weird opinion, but in reality concern an issue that's pretty much #47 on the list of important things for us to get done. How many transgender people have you even encountered on a daily basis? 0.1%? Is this even that order of magnitude a problem to deserve this level of attention and distration of a government?

Stop believing and worrying so much about symbols and symbolic issues, and deal with the 25 more important things that actually are killing our productivity and growth every day, you governing morons. Do your job - and govern!

Comment futility (Score -1, Flamebait) 235

"Apple kicks dogs and steals from your grandmother!"

What a shallow and attention-seeking headline. Ask yourself, how complex is the issue of making a manufacturer publish repair guides so that the public could repair an iPhone? Is it not conceivable that companies might object to some kinds of requirements a law might implement, that would be unworkable?

If a handset company were required to publish guides on how to fix the graphics coprocessor if it broke, would it be sufficient if the instructions said, "buy a new phone"? Or did you mean that the manual should instruct the user on how to remove the SoC, procure a new one, solder it in, preserve/restore all the security features and keys that actually cannot be disentagled from the old SoC and losing the user's data in the process, and then putting it through testing and verification that it works properly? (to give a silly hypothetical)

Exactly what types of broken states of a phone are you requiring a company to publish guides to fix, and make parts available for? Do you even know how many different ways a modern phone can fail? And what level of fix are you requiring they make available, and for what level of user capability? It's going to be pretty much useless if grandpa can't manipulate the microtweezers to fix the parts of the rear-facing camera module, so what then?

Electronic devices have come a lot farther than a car engine that you could demand be user-serviceable, and these laws are misguided attempts to make them so. Don't make a company the villain for objecting to things that are nice in (ancient) principle, but unworkable in reality.

Comment nix the Touch Bar (Score 5, Insightful) 234

I hope they will quickly do away with the Touch Bar, which, as much a fan of Macbooks that I am, has been totally useless. Even worse, it interferes and causes errors when I do other tasks that happen to go near the Touch Bar, such as the calculator.

Every time I try to use the calculator (and the top row of number keys) my fingers graze the Touch Bar, which then triggers an incorrect calculation because the Bar adopt some calculator function keys while open.

There is something positive to be said about having keys that have physical boundaries and limited functions, and having that well separated from a touch bar which, if it provided some actually useful function, had the versatility to change roles during use. They should have kept dedicated physical volume, brightness keys -- which now hide behind 2 finger presses on a strip that you have to look at carefully to find where to press.

Aside from that inconvenience, I have to date used the Touch Bar approximately 0 times productively. I am not a video manipulator, so maybe that's what it's designed for, but so far, nothing. I am not really in need of having quick access to emoticons when I chat, thank you Apple...

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