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Comment Re:FB and Google are NOT in the same situation. (Score -1, Redundant) 215

One is the designer and developer of the most popular smartphone + tablet OS.

Huh? The most popular tablet operating system is iOS. Android has very little presence in the tablet market. Having smartphone market share won't mean much if Google doesn't make money from Android, according to their own quarterlies.

Comment That is cool, but... (Score 4, Insightful) 194

That search result display is actually really cool. I'd love to see that in other browsers (including desktop browsers). The problem is Yahoo's track record is poor when it comes to updating their products. For instance, Yahoo Mail is embarrassingly behind other web mail services. If Yahoo treats this like they treat their other products, I can't help wondering if it will just become another obsolete Yahoo thing.

Submission + - RIAA Claims Losses In Excess Of World's Wealth (businessinsider.com) 6

bonch writes: Prior to setting with Limewire earlier this month, the RIAA had pressed for a $72 trillion verdict, greater than the $60 trillion of combined wealth on Earth. The RIAA arrived at the figure by multiplying $150,000 for each download of 11,000 songs, a figure federal Judge Kimba Wood called "absurd". No word on how much of the money would have gone back to the artists.
Technology

Submission + - Nanotech Solar Cell Minimizes Cost, Toxic Impact (phys.org)

bonch writes: Researches at Northwestern University have developed an inexpensive solar cell intended to solve the problems of current solar cell designs, such as high cost, low efficiency, and toxic production materials. Based on the Grätzel cell, the new cell uses millions of light-absorbing nanoparticles and delivers the highest conversion efficiency reported for a dye-sensitized solar cell.
Botnet

Submission + - Botnet Creator Receives Four Years Jail Time (theregister.co.uk)

bonch writes: Georgy Avanesov, creator of the infamous Bredolab botnet, has been given four years jail time in Armenia. Avanesov rented out access to the botnet to spammers and DDoS attackers, netting him $125,000 a month in revenue. Bredolab spread through malicious website scripts and phony email attachments and was thought to have infected 30 million computers. Dutch police arrested Avanesov in 2010, using the botnet's control servers to warn infected users.

Comment Re:Choose one (Score -1, Troll) 188

This condescending attitude toward non-techies is off-putting and needs to die. You don't have some unique brain power that others lack. You just choose to spend your free time on computers. Other people choose to spend their time on other things that you lack knowledge in.

Comment Re:history repeating (Score -1, Troll) 188

This is a security issue. Non-techies don't care about "browser choice". They do care about their phone not getting hacked. Just because IE6 was terrible doesn't automatically mean that a restricted browser platform is bad...it just means IE6 was bad and insecure. If you want fast JIT, WebGL, etc. then expect security restrictions.

Vendors are trying to avoid the mistakes of the past (IE6) by providing secure, restricted platforms for running web code. If they didn't and became infested with exploits, techies would be shitting all over them for THAT.

Comment Choose one (Score -1) 188

Choose one: a secure platform with a fast built-in browser that executes JIT and accesses hardware drivers but with third-party restrictions, or an insecure platform with lots of browser choice but increased opportunity for malicious exploits.

Comment Re:Oh boo hoo (Score -1) 445

I agree Facebook was way overpriced, but I wouldn't dismiss it as a "social chit chat and picture website". It has replaced email and even the web for many people. Its value is in advertising, and Zuckerberg's goal is to replace Google as the internet's #1 advertiser. One of Facebook's problems is that mobile advertising doesn't perform as well as web advertising (which itself is on a downward trend), which is why they lowered their revenue forecast.

Comment Re:Only app store apps can use iCloud? (Score 0) 376

Wrong wrong wrong, even if you pay the $99 for a developer membership you still can't use those APIs if you don't sell your app through the store...nice try retard!

Another move of the goalpost. You started out by saying Apple provided hosting services for non-paid developers, and that was wrong. Now you're talking about how you can't use the APIs if you aren't approved through the store, which is incidental to the fact that you still need a paid developer membership to use the APIs in the first place, complete with signed entitlements.

You're so out of it that you don't even realize that bringing up the app store refutes your earlier argument--which you've suddenly abandoned--about users paying for iCloud's sync services through the purchase of extra disk space, because being on the app store means that not only do you have to be a paid developer, but Apple gets a cut of any purchase price. Hey, it's almost as if that money goes toward the services the app is using.

Rubbish again, you're so full of shit you don't even understand the issue. It's nothing to do with whether you are a paying apple developer, it's about whether you sell it in the app store, even if you are a paid developer you still can't necessarily use those APIs!

In your quest for a foothold, you've decided you're going to latch on the app store, an argument you weren't even making before. Nothing you're saying refutes the fact that one must be a paid developer to use the iCloud APIs. Whether or not the developer actually uses them is irrelevant.

That puppetmaster reveal is coming any moment now!

You're bad at this. Next.

Comment Re:Only app store apps can use iCloud? (Score -1, Troll) 376

You're only saying that because you can't refute it

No, because it really is irrelevant. In your attempt to scrape any last shred of a point out of your refuted argument about Apple providing iCloud services for free apps, it's the only thing you could find to stubbornly stand behind to make yourself feel right about something.

it's all part of iCloud

The part of iCloud we were discussing was the developer APIs, which require a paid developer membership to use. You said Apple was paying for hosting fees for apps not in the paid developer program, remember? Thought you might need a little reminder after all your goalpost-moving.

you're trying to separate them and say that use of the APIs is charged to and paid for by the developer through the developer fees (even though the fees haven't changed)

You keep going on about the fees not changing as if that somehow proves something. Apple only provides iCloud API access to paying developers; that really should be the end of the argument, but, well, you're you.

while the storage part of iCloud is paid for by the user. So where's the proof? Given that the developer fees haven't changed it certainly looks like you're wrong.

iCloud storage is free. The only purchase on the part of users is the extra storage beyond the free 5GB. iCloud is more than file storage and doesn't require any fees from users, which you keep ignoring because you don't actually have an argument at this point. You're floundering along looking for a foothold and will probably pull out some puppetmaster/trolling schtick at any moment once you realize there's no other way out.

Next.

Comment Re:Only app store apps can use iCloud? (Score 0) 376

No it isn't, the hosting needs to be paid for whether you use it through apps or not, and when the initial free storage is full any more isn't funded by apps it's funded by the user.

iCloud integration is more than disk storage. The expanded disk space is irrelevant to the argument and is a separate product from the sync APIs.

Which is irrelevant because the user pays for the data anyway, otherwise they wouldn't charge for storage because - as you posit - that comes out of the developer fee.

It isn't irrelevant--you claimed it, and it was wrong. You're focused on user disk storage when it's only relevant to the iCloud APIs as a location for persistent stores (and even then, a highly restricted one). But iCloud is more than just an online disk drive, a point you keep ignoring.

Comment Re:Only app store apps can use iCloud? (Score 1) 376

This tangent about user backups is irrelevant. You originally said that Apple pays hosting expenses for apps from which they derive no income, but that's not true because only paid developers can integrate with iCloud. There's more to app iCloud integration than simply storing files; it's an active syncing service that pushes out to all configured devices.

Security

Submission + - Researchers 'Map' Android Malware Genome (darkreading.com)

yahoi writes: Researchers at NC State are sharing their analysis and classification of Android malware samples under a new project that they hope will help shape a new way of fighting malware, learning from the lessons of the PC generation and its traditional anti-malware products.

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