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Comment Re:Good Buy (Score 0) 83

They switch to Windows servers, it crashes and burns horribly, so they switch back. There's no quality control, no development, it goes to hell, and everyone switches to the far superior service Google offers (since they decided to grow their own and not acquire youtube).

Citation needed.

Anyway, try Outlook.com sometime.

Comment Hypocritical coming from Google... (Score 4, Insightful) 201

Google is no better at greed for money.

See how Google started removing borders around ads and made the shading super light in order to get ad clicks from older people and people with bad monitor calibration:

http://ppcblog.com/fbf0fa-now-you-see-it

http://blumenthals.com/blog/2012/01/31/is-google-intentionally-trying-to-minimize-the-fact-that-these-are-ads/

Those carefully and scientifically calibrated colors must be worth atleast few hundred million of extra revenue from their cash cow by making gullible people click on ads mistaking them for real search results.

"Study:Contrast sensitivity gradually decreases with age"
http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=818&strict=0&morphologic=0&query=

Chrome is a trojan horse to weaken Mozilla which is becoming less powerful because Google uses its ad dollars to bundle Chrome with Flash, Acrobat and Java updates by default thereby reducing Firefox's share and has the nice side effect of reducing Google's payments to Mozilla for searches.

And Web DRM? Of course it's going to be a HTML standard very soon because IE, Safari and... ding! Chrome are going to be supporting it fully with 80% marketshare and people will blame Firefox if Netflix doesn't work in it and recommend you switch to Chrome to see movies! iOS, Android and Windows Phone, BBOS will add support for 100% tablet and phone support for the DRM.

Chrome on Chromebook already has the EME DRM module. Firefox and Opera are powerless to stop it. We have already seen this play out with the h.264 HTML5 video support in Chrome fiasco when Google promised it would drop H.264 from Chrome to push WebM but did not and Mozilla was left holding the bag with WebM and had to recently had to eat crow and add support for patent encumbered H264. The web is owned by the corporates, not individuals anymore, there was some hope when Firefox was at 40%, not anymore. And we all willingly gave them the power by believing in "open" and "do no evil" and switching in droves.

Comment Re:You're right but.. (Score 1) 243

http://searchenginewatch.com/article/2261927/Bing-Yahoo-Steal-Tiny-Bit-of-Search-Market-Share-From-Google

"In the battle of Google vs. Bing “powered by” results, 69.2 percent of all searches conducted were powered by Google (down from 69.7 percent in February), while 26.1 percent were powered by Bing (up from 25.9 percent) in February."

The information is out there. You can easily bing for it in less time that you needed to type those comments referencing your own websites' stats "still showing blah blah" which I was referring to when I send "frog in the well bubble".

Comment Chrome is a trojan horrse.. (Score 5, Insightful) 153

Chrome is a trojan horse to weaken Mozilla which is becoming less powerful because Google uses its ad dollars to bundle Chrome with Flash, Acrobat and Java updates by default thereby reducing Firefox's share and has the nice side effect of reducing Google's payments to Mozilla for searches.

And Web DRM? Of course it's going to be a HTML standard very soon because IE, Safari and... ding! Chrome are going to be supporting it fully with 80% marketshare and people will blame Firefox if Netflix doesn't work in it and recommend you switch to Chrome to see movies! iOS, Android and Windows Phone, BBOS will add support for 100% tablet and phone support for the DRM.

Chrome on Chromebook already has the EME DRM module. Firefox and Opera are powerless to stop it. We have already seen this play out with the h.264 HTML5 video support in Chrome fiasco when Google promised it would drop H.264 from Chrome to push WebM but did not and Mozilla was left holding the bag with WebM and had to recently had to eat crow and add support for patent encumbered H264. The web is owned by the corporates, not individuals anymore, there was some hope when Firefox was at 40%, not anymore. And we all willingly gave them the power by believing in "open" and "do no evil" and switching in droves.

Comment Re:I can't wait to see this battle (Score 1) 716

It's a publicly accessible website that anyone with a decent browser can access. So yes, it's part of the open web. Closing it off by not providing an API is a dick move by Google, but it's not like they're detecting particular browsers and then blocking access.

Not for lack of trying.

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/01/google-maps-windows-phone-and-an-avoidable-mess/
http://wmpoweruser.com/now-google-is-blocking-windows-phones-from-accessing-maps-google-com/

Whoops. "Open Web", indeed.

Comment You're right but.. (Score 4, Informative) 243

Thet post troll has unintentionally stumbled on something interesting.

See how Google started removing borders around ads and made the shading super light in order to get ad clicks from older people and people with bad monitor calibration:

http://ppcblog.com/fbf0fa-now-you-see-it [ppcblog.com]or-maybe-not/

http://blumenthals.com/blog/2012/01/31/is-google-intentionally-trying-to-minimize-the-fact-that-these-are-ads/ [blumenthals.com]

Those carefully and scientifically calibrated colors must be worth atleast few hundred million of extra revenue from their cash cow by making gullible people click on ads mistaking them for real search results.

"Study:Contrast sensitivity gradually decreases with age"
http://www.eyeworld.org/article.php?sid=818&strict=0&morphologic=0&query=

Comment Re:Insightful video (Score 2) 243

but they go directly after the science of human behavior. All done in a warm, fuzzy feel that Google is somehow your very best friend. It's entirely psychological.

Hello first post troll, but you unintentionally stumbled on something interesting.

See how Google started removing borders around ads and made the shading super light in order to get ad clicks from older people and people with bad monitor calibration:

http://ppcblog.com/fbf0fa-now-you-see-itor-maybe-not/

http://blumenthals.com/blog/2012/01/31/is-google-intentionally-trying-to-minimize-the-fact-that-these-are-ads/

Those carefully and scientifically calibrated colors must be worth atleast few hundred million of extra revenue from their cash cow by making gullible people click on ads.

Comment Re:Anything to get more customers (Score 1) 716

But because it's Microsoft, fuck them, right?

If Google modified the Chrome browser to strip out ads on/from Microsoft owned properties, Microsoft would have a fit. Anti-trust complaints in multiple jurisdiction, legal threats, political lobbying, chair throwing, the works.

So yes, fuck them.

No they won't do that.
A critical update will go out on Windows Update globally that will simply update change the /etc/hosts file to redirect to Bing.

Comment Re:Anything to get more customers (Score 1) 716

I think Microsoft are just upset they're screwgled because nobody wants Windows 8 or Windows phones and everyone knows it.

If no one is using Windows Phone, why is Google getting upset about losing ad revenue from a Youtube App that runs only on Windows phones? And yet they're not losing enough to make an app themselves.

Submission + - Google serves Microsoft a C&D to takedown Windows Phone Youtube App 2

mystikkman writes: After years of complaining to the EU and others about Google not allowing Windows Phone access to the same Youtube API features used by the Android and iOS apps and Google's refusal to make one for Windows Phone, Microsoft recently went ahead and released their own app featuring even a download button. However, Google served a Cease and Desist on Microsoft today to immediately take down the app citing lack of ads. In response, Microsoft commented that it would be more than happy to add ads if only Google would give them access to the API and indirectly accused Google of trying to cripple Windows Phone by refusing it access to one of the most popular apps on smartphones and citing Larry Page's comments at Google I/O calling for more openness in the tech space.

Given how much of humanity's video content is locked into Youtube, looks like Google needs to append "except on Windows Phone" to their grandiose mission statement: "Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful."

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