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Comment Chrome not good for laptops? (Score 0) 274

The Chrome results are most surprising. I always thought it was the most efficient, while Internet Explorer and Firefox were bloated and slow. If these results are correct, it looks like Chrome is a bad choice if battery life is important.

I still don't think I can bring myself to using Internet Explorer but Firefox's results are close enough.

Comment Re:Amazon remotely wiped 1984 from peoples' kindle (Score 0) 222

Why should you trust them to keep your things?

I trust Amazon to store my files compared to myself. I am lazy when it comes to backing files up and if someone breaks into my house and steals my computer, I am screwed. If you are very paranoid, you can keep a backup copy on your own computer and one on the cloud.

Comment Re:No, this is not what Buffett means by "moats" (Score 0) 209

Chrome OS, Android, etc. do nothing to "widen the moat" (other than maybe some name recognition).

Android definitely widens the moat. It increases the value of the Google brand and prevents competitors like Bing from stealing market share in the mobile search and advertising.

Buffett talked about the value of Disney before the mid 90s when they cheapened the brand by releasing crap. When you bought a cartoon for you kids to watch, you know that the Disney movie will be quality even if you never heard of the movie before. No other cartoon studio could match Disney at the time.

Google has a similar moat as Disney used to have. People know that Google is a trustworthy company and has many quality products. Would you rather have a Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo or AOL email address? How do you feel about using Yahoo or Bing as a search engine? How do you feel when you see a website that uses MapQuest to show its location compared to Google Maps? If you want to make money off online advertising, which company would you use?

When it comes to search and advertising, Google has a huge moat that cant be touched no matter how many billions of dollars Microsoft or Yahoo waste.

Comment Re:Yes, they can. (Score 0) 207

I expect them to do stupid stuff, but this is beyond stupid. It is like Dell saying it is going to abandon Microsoft.

I highly doubt the claim of this rumor. If it was true, the stock price would be taking a big dip by now

My guess is that Motorola is going to be adding new features on top of the existing Android platform to make it stand out. Something stupid, but not batshit crazy.

Comment Re:Good for US economy (Score 0) 617

Economics shows that protectionism can be good in certain cases and is not very controversial.

In an ideal open market, American companies would be earning money shipping software overseas while buying manufacturing goods from China. Instead, we have China getting American software for free while it makes money off selling us goods, putting the US at a greater disadvantage.

If Chinese companies do have real comparative advantage, they should be able to compete with the US while playing by the same rules.

Comment Re:"An offer you cannot refuse" gamut (Score 0) 617

IANAL, but as I see it basically Microsoft could sue ANYONE. I doubt that there is any business in the United States that doesn't have some part somewhere that was made by a Chinese company that didn't pirate something Microsoft along the way.

The article clearly states:

The bill would affect retailers that make $50 million or more in annual sales and that have a direct contract with the manufacturer. Retailers would have 18 months to change manufacturers or persuade their manufacturers to pay for software.

If you are a small business, you aren't affected. If you don't have a direct relationship with the Chinese company you aren't affected. Even if they do find a violation, you won't get sued unless you still have a direct relationship with the manufacturer 18 months from now.

How difficult is it to show that the software used is pirated or not? It is not like auditing thousands of pages of financial records. The company just has to show that it acquired a genuine license from Microsoft.

The law isn't that unreasonable

Comment Re:More complicated than a carbon tax. (Score 0) 617

If Microsoft Seattle hires a H1B, delivered 25 years ago by a midwife in a clinic who's administrator wears pirated Nike runners... etc (even letting aside jurisdiction in investigation, enforcement, etc what are the limits in taking the responsibility in concerning time, subject of the obligation, aso)

I'm not a lawyer so I can't provide details, but I am sure that they can place reasonable limits.

Software is a capital good which is used in production of other goods and services. It is easy to show that the company is gaining a competitive advantage using pirated goods.

A case for Nike would more likely be with a soccer club using counterfeit T-shirts who wants to get involved with an American business, but I imagine that case would be harder to defend in court.

Comment Re:I don't understand their justification (Score 0) 262

Manufacturers are putting Froyo on tablets even though Google has explicitly said that the OS was not designed for tablets.

There is nothing stopping phone manufactures putting Honeycomb on their phones just so that they can say that they have Android 3.0 while the competitors have Android 2.2. People would buy they phones thinking they are top of the line but the bad user experience would damage the Android brand and reputation.

Comment Re:That part is bad (Score 1) 256

I am assuming that readers of the NYT are more affluent than average and the people who read the paper on a daily basis might be willing to pay. The price might make sense for the demographic they are targeting.

I really think that there are those who are willing to pay for online content and those what won't no matter what the price is. Lowering the price might not attract enough new people to make up for the difference.

Comment Re:Opposite take: Paywalls bad, NYT's is good (Score 1) 256

The price isn't the problem. It is the double charging for getting the same content on multiple devices.

If you buy the paper on your iPad, you shouldn't be locked out from using the browser if you want to read a story at work. The only thing this does is piss of the people who are willing to give you money.

Comment Re:It's quite simple (Score -1, Troll) 348

The copyright laws are needed more than ever because of the ease of pirating.

There is nothing wrong with people expecting to be paid for their work. If they believe that it should be given away for free, then it should be given away for free. Many people already do that with open source software.

Comment Re:The iPad is a tablet, but not all tablets are i (Score 2) 789

The Android tablets are even worst the than the iPad at the moment.

It doesn't matter what features the tablet has, but what you can do with it. The reason that the iPad is so successful is because it is supported by large number of developers who are able to make up for the fact that the device has limited functionality. Android still has some catching up to do before their devices can compete with Apple

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