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Comment Re: Umm, Curry (Score 1) 72

This brings up all sorts of questions... Indian or Thai curry? Massaman or Masala? Chicken or Beef? How spicy? Does coconut kurma count as a curry? Does this show a bias towards the Brits who will only be part of the EU for a short time? What about Chinese Or Japanese curry? Will they be fairly represented? Inquiring minds want to know....

Here in the valley we have both types: food curry, and Steph Curry.

Comment Re:Who used it? (Score 1) 116

Keep in mind that they are using it to push chrome apps as desktop apps

Yeah, not bloody interested.

It's a web browser. It needs to stay as a web browser. Don't try to integrate with my desktop. Don't create new vectors for shitware to get inroads into my OS. Show me a damned web page, and then STFU.

Stop trying to make the #*()%^$&*( web browser part of my desktop. It doesn't belong there, and I'm not interested in it.

It's "innovative" stuff like this which turns into security holes.

Tell us how you really feel?

To me the problem is about expectations. People have come to expect that the browser just requests information and displays it and then does nothing else. I think there is a place for a web app though, as it's really know different than a desktop app accept that the front end is html+javascript rather than native code, and it can be updated with just a server deployment rather than requiring everyone download the new version. This just isn't how people have come to expect a web browser to work (myself included). Perhaps if there was a separate chrome platform apart from the chrome browser it would work better.

Comment Re: Question still remains (Score 2) 124

assholes? For offering a free app that adds functionality that wasn't there? They aren't even charging for it! A company releases a complete OS open source, and then gets called an asshole when it releases a free closed source app... You may not like anything closed source, and that's fine and your prerogative. But that doesn't make Google an asshole. Serious question, would they be less of an asshole if they didn't release the app at all? By releasing a free app to those that want it, and making no change to those that don't, their assholery has increased?

Comment Re: And now, things get Ugly. (Score 1) 120

Sorry, was on my phone and forgot that slashdot requires formatting. So double post with better formatting.

You search on google. You click links. Links lead yo pages that have Facebook like buttons. Facebook learned that you visited the page. Facebook has already prescraped the page and classified its content. Facebook now can show it in your feed.

Or.

You search on google. You click a link. That page has google ads. Google knows that you visited it. Google bids on facebooks ad exchange and sometimes wins the auction. Ads show up in the news feed. [Also works for any other advertising platform other than doubleclick(Google)]

Or.

You search on google. You click a link. The page has third party trackers that generate user lists that they sell. Facebook buys said user list. Facebook matches you in the list, and shows you a related ad.

Most likely its the first one.

What is certainly not happening:
You search on google. Click no links. You go to Facebook and see a related ad in the news feed.

Comment Re: And now, things get Ugly. (Score 1) 120

You search on google. You click links. Links lead yo pages that have Facebook like buttons. Facebook learned that you visited the page. Facebook has already prescraped the page and classified its content. Facebook now can show it in your feed. Or. You search on google. You click a link. That page has google ads. Google knows that you visited it. Google bids on facebooks ad exchange and sometimes wins the auction. Ads show up in the news feed. [Also works for any other advertising platform other than doubleclick(Google)] Or. You search on google. You click a link. The page has third party trackers that generate user lists that they sell. Facebook buys said user list. Facebook matches you in the list, and shows you a related ad. Most likely its the first one. What is certainly not happening: You search on google. Click no links. You go to Facebook and see a related ad in the news feed.

Comment Re:I just don't care (Score 1) 232

What is the definition of unbiased? No matter what the algorithm is, it's biased toward things that the algorithm favors. It's the same thing with people complaining about Facebook changing their news feed algorithm. It's not like their first attempt was the "right" one, and any change is thus wrong because it's biased. How would you define an unbiased search?

Comment Re:The reason it's thought of as a boy's field (Score 1) 254

Because to be really good at programming takes an almost obsessive devotion to honing your craft at a young age, and girls are far too social to spend their summers in front of a computer in the basement.

I would argue that that isn't the case at all. While I was one of those little boys who spent way too much time in front of a computer and video games as a kid, that is mostly NOT the case amongst my coworkers (I'm a software engineer at Google). Most seemed to pick it up in college when they chose it as a major, and didn't have much or any experience with computer science before then. I would argue the main difference between those who succeed here and those who don't is intelligence, a hunger to learn (rather than just tinker), and a good work ethic.

I don't mean to say that being locked away in your room as a child programming, etc, would hurt in any way. Again, that was mostly me as a child. I just mean that what matters most is an understanding of computer science and software engineering principles (Data Structures, Machine Learning, etc) not can you bang out a few thousand lines of code in a few hours. I never do that at work. I think it's more important to develop as a child the ability to learn, process, and make connections between ideas, and that can happen via learning in any field.

Just my 2 cents for what they are worth.

Comment Re: The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579

You do not have to pay for android source code. It is open source. You can download and compile it right now I'd you wish. That's what Amazon did with fire os and what cyanogenmod did. If you want to use Googles apps on a phone you sell, then yes there is an agreement to get access to googles apps on your companies phones.

Comment Re: The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579

Yes the fix should come from the OS vendor. And they provided it. The hardware manufacturers are more than capable of updating there devices with it. Google doesn't have the ability to push updates to the phones that they didn't release. They do keep the parts that they have control over up to date, I.e. Google Play Services. They are doing what they can to mitigate these problems by pushing more and more of the is capabilities into google play services so they can update without carriers being involves, but then people get upset at that for other reasons. Its a sucky situation, and I wish Google commanded more control over the OS when manufacturers use it, but people get upset at Google for strongarming already. I can't imagine what people would say in that situation.

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