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Comment Please stop (Score 4, Insightful) 42

I really don't know where to begin. This is another reinvention of the wheel. Something I'm seeing more and more of these days. Don't know if it's because I'm approaching a certain age or if communication is just happening faster and faster so we see more of it in a shorter amount of time.

Don't think I'm knocking it. I'm not. It's obvious someone needed this and didn't know how or where to look for the contemporary counterpart in current clients. Or because current clients made it too hard to figure out. We all have different brains and think our process out differently. Just because it's obvious to you or I how to script this in our gmail doesn't mean that everyone else sees it that way.

What bothers me is the breathless headlines. The purposeful exaggeration. The constant commercialization. That, more than anything, I'm tired of.

No wonder advertisement is in trouble.

Comment Re:Who cares about Allo? (Score 2, Insightful) 86

I've seen the same question being asked everywhere and since there's been no official answer, I'm going to go with "internal politics".

No company is immune from it. Even engineers have politics. It's what greases the wheels of human interactions.

So I'm going to guess it's the same story here. Someone came up with a nifty way to do IM, presented it to their boss, it got pushed up until it became a competing project. And instead of integrating the projects together, the teams were forced to fight for resources. Meanwhile everyone who could have ordered the integration is busy maintaining their position and trying to look like they're worth the megabucks they're being paid. Instead of, you know, actually managing things, communicating with other groups inside the same company, and so forth. Remember your game theory here.

It's not all that hard to picture. Alphabet is just another company.

Comment How to fix that? (Score 4, Interesting) 187

Make television and movies like music with compulsory licensing? Say anything five years and older gets put into the pool of things that can be broadcast/streamed as part of your service as long as you pay the base royalties. Have the same sort of setup as music does but with a much finer grained reporting. That way everyone that should get paid, is paid.

While five years seems a bit long, that's so streaming and rebroadcast doesn't cut too deeply into the DVD/BluRay sales. That should be plenty of time for that to go through the fans that really want their personal copy at release or to wait for the price to fall or discounted.

And this doesn't stop anyone from making separate deals to get it before the five year date and/or add extras to their service like trivia, blooper reels, and so forth.

Again, the point of copyright was to give people a chance to spread culture around before it is outright given away. Seeing as how locked up it's become, anything that speeds and ease of dissemination is a good thing.

Comment You can't get blood from a turnip (Score 1) 125

From what I've read, there's no money to be squeezed from YT right now. The service started in the red and has generally stayed there. Complaining will only generate so much hot air.

If these media companies want to see YT fail and go away that is going to be akin to cutting a leg off to spite their marathon time. Of course, these are the sorts of short-sighted people that they'd do that on the wish that everything would go back to the way it was before the internet got all the kids so uppity and wanting culture to become responsive to their needs and views and not those of the shareholders and market makers.

Comment Which do you want? Control or profit? (Score 4, Insightful) 125

Re: YouTube not paying enough.

Pick one of the above. You can't have both, you can't pick both. You get to exert an outsized control over the medium which is going to cost much of that profit in the form of maintaining the outsized control. People are clever and will figure out ways around automated filters and counters for no other reason than because they can. It's a challenge to overcome. Countering that takes time, effort, and most importantly money.

Or you can give up the outsized control and get the profit from the views on your "channel" or whatever self-organization YT comes up with next. That's the way it works. You can try making your own streaming platform, but I'm fairly certain we all know how that's going to work out. Complaining about it isn't going to change anything.

The record labels, hell, the media business in general had all the warnings that their world was changing and they had best get along with it. But those in charge stuck their heads in the sand and ignored it. This is the result.

Comment Excellent! (Score 3, Interesting) 239

This is one of the things needed to get this technology legal and on the road. And better, one of the government agencies in charge of seeing this happen has outlined a plan to get it to happen. Not just in terms of what the manufactures need to get done on their end to be legal but also an outline of the regulatory apparatus required to ensure the safety of everyone!

I call this a win on just about every level.

Comment And this was needed because? (Score 4, Insightful) 248

A more perfect barometer was needed to accomplish what exactly? The device can now tell that I've ascended stairs more accurately. This will lead to what? And this change was as valuable as the headphone jack, how? Sure, more waterproof will probably help some people but overall? It just seems like a dick move.

Comment This means something (Score 1) 153

"However, the total number of app downloads is highly concentrated at the top, with 13 percent of smartphone owners accounting for more than half of all download activity in a given month."

You know what this says to me? This says that maybe there's 3% of users who do this on their own accord. The other 10% are working for astroturfers. How else can one account for the amount of people who actually rate apps and file those perfect tidbit reviews you see in the walled gardens? The vast majority of people are too lazy or just don't care. Why should they? None of this gives them anything in return. It's too bad we don't have more transparency in the app stores to verify.

Comment Re:Almost changed my mind on Wheeler (Score 2) 33

To be fair, his is a political position. He's having to deal with the uncertainty that the Beltway media has thrown up around who the next president should be as well as the two jackass Republican members of his committee who are currently fighting with Congress about turning over public documents their offices generated.

I'd be coy about things in that position myself. I'd be trying to build a consensus and gaining as much political ground myself after the past few fights have landed in court. Not that they had to go there, but with the way things are right now everything he does has ended up in court. I'd be tired of being second guessed and smacked around, too.

Comment Re:Because it's unnecessarily complex (Score 1) 206

Those countries who have been using this are largely free of the charges from banks that drive the US card system. In fact, if you're talking about the many African nations that use phones for this, they're largely free of consumer banks altogether.

In other words, they had a reason for this infrastructure to show up and be utilized. It found a niche and filled it. There is no such niche in the US to fill. It's already been taken care of. So if you want to take it over, you're going to have to offer something worthwhile to get people to switch.

Comment Can we knock-off the data mining now? (Score 5, Interesting) 129

Hey Marketing and Execs,

You're not going to get any useful data out of things like this. Those people you've decided to ignore? The ones who brought up the statistics which made your eyes glaze over and your money-boner wilt? Well, they're correct. There's nothing new to be discovered in terms of trends or about the people purchasing your products. All the data you need about those people has already been captured at the point of sale. In fact, all you really need to know is the fact that you sold another one of your products. Forcing them to register a piece of spyware, and we really need to be honest that is what this is, isn't going to do anything but hurt you in the long term.

Now, you may be of the mindset that you're going to be out in another job in the next business cycle. That's fine, but just know that future employers are going to looking closer and closer at your results. If all you can show them is a net loss of Good Will (I'm talking about the accounting term here, not the general sentiment the purchasing public has towards your products, although that does play a factor in determining the value of said term) they're going to be much less inclined to hire you. So it's really in your own best interests if you take that step back, look at the larger picture of what's going on, and ask yourself if this is wisest decision you could be making on behalf of the brand and company that you're working for.

Comment Let me make this easy for you. (Score 5, Insightful) 140

Form-factor. Form-factor. Form-factor.

Books are still around because we understand and have crafted them to exist in a particular, easy to transport, easy to trade form factor. Mass printed books have been around for almost 600 years at this point. We have thoroughly explored the technology.

Electronic format, on the other hand, has not been as thoroughly explored. It's still finding itself. There's going to be a good while before everyone becomes happy with it. Until such time, the printed book is not going to be replaced.

Comment Re:Put up or shut up (Score 1) 410

That's part of the problem. The laws.

See, what Apple and Ireland are being accused of is of passing tax legislation that applies specifically and singularly to the Apple corporation itself. The EU commissioners are crying fowl on that part saying that it violates Ireland's treaty with them. From what I understand, Ireland can tax however it wants but that the tax law must apply to all corporations, equally. Apparently the "Double Irish" wasn't enough tax sheltering for Apple. They got some special deals on top of that.

That's what the EU is going after.

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