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Comment Re:Am I missing something? (Score 2) 140

WTF would I want this? If I am an android user why would I want to install iMessage?

You don't need to want it.

If you're a Mac user, iMessage is forced on you. I am an android phone user. I never had an iPhone, nor an iPad. And yet, when I signed up for two-factor authentication with my Apple/iCloud account (for my Mac) and confirmed my cell phone number, all the texts that were sent to me from iPhone users would get intercepted by Apple and sent to iMessage instead (effectively depriving me from the messages on my phone until I could figure out what was going on and change the settings with Apple).

Comment Re:Developers, developers, developers (Score 2) 237

I disagree with that. Spending money on developer engagement wasn't their problem. Their developer tools were great and they are still great. Plus, they spent a ton of money on developers (which I was one of).

One problem was that when their app store came out, they modeled it after the iOS App store. For instance, they wanted to charge $99 a year for a developer account (although, that fee was waived initially). They locked down their platform, as they wanted everything to be published and only available through their app store so they could charge a 30% commission on it.

At the very same time, Android was already growing like crazy, and Google didn't have any of those developer demands attached to it. A developer account on the Android Market/Google Play had/has a one-time fee (not a yearly fee) of $25 (for as many apps as you want). Google didn't force you to pass through their app store to publish your application (in that way, it was a lot like the old Windows Mobile store). And the 32% commission (not 30%) it extracted from applications published on its app store went to the carriers (technically, 30% went to the carriers and only 2% went to Google if Google Wallet was used instead of carrier billing). So as a mobile app developer, you knew that carriers would keep on recommending Android phones to its customers and that the market share of Android was only going to grow even more (even if the iPhone was arguably a much better phone at the time).

Comment Re:Palin was treated differently. (Score 2) 357

These was none of this navel gazing when Sarah Palin's emails were stolen. In fact, the press crowdsourced reading them in their search for dirt on her. Why would this be any different for Hillary Clint..... Oh, party affiliation. Forgot. Carry on, then.

What you're experiencing is selective bias. That's one of the reasons you're not even thinking of the Connie Chung incident.

Mrs. Gingrich said she could not say what her son thought about First Lady Hillary Clinton on the air. Chung asked Mrs. Gingrich to "just whisper it to me, just between you and me," and Mrs. Gingrich replied that her son thought of Clinton as a "bitch."

No one blamed Newt Gingrich for his private view. And Connie Chung was an idiot, her career pretty much went downhill after that.

And what you perceive as navel gazing is actually just more gossiping by Steven Levy (in the form of fake journalistic outrage). It's the same reason all journalists criticized Connie Chung after her breach of confidence, not because they had journalistic integrity, but because it gave them the excuse to continue spreading the gossip that Hillary was thought as a bitch by the leader of the opposition party.

Comment Re:Voice Control (Score 2) 98

If your mouse occasionally sent an erroneous input to the computer no matter how careful you were, you wouldnt use it so much.

Wrong example. Mouse usability requires constant visual feedback and almost constant human correction. That is the reason why we can't really use a mouse without looking directly at the screen.

In any case, flawless transcription accuracy of one single human voice out of 7.5 billion voices already happens with Google Voice. The problem occurs when Google Voice is not tuned to the voices of the other 7.49999 billion people. Do you think that's what Microsoft is using in the backend this second time around?

Comment Re:What happens, when a gag order is violated? (Score 1) 61

however, so the FBI would go after Google's deep pockets rather than try to pin the crime on an individual. The employee should be safe from criminal charges, though not, presumably, from Google discipline.

How do you know that? If the approval process for publishing something wasn't followed, Google could claim it was hacked internally by an employee and could insist that charges be filed against said employee.

Comment Re:While I'm on the subject (Score 1) 97

I think it's all about the low barrier to entry and the fact that doing one of these jobs won't prevent you from looking for another job and attending job interviews when they come up. So if the choice is between looking for a job and staying at home in your underwear watching movies the rest of the time, or looking for a job and driving a little bit so you can pay your rent while you're still job-hunting. The choice is pretty easy.

There is also the language factor, I know someone who got a low rating on Uber for not being fluent in English (but I have no idea how common this is). He got temporarily suspended for his low rating. He took an online English test supplied by Uber. He got 80% on the test (most likely because a family member helped him), so he got reactivated, but then he got permanently deactivated the second time around because his rating didn't improve and the customer complaints about his English were coming in the same as before.

Comment Re:And in news from next week... (Score 2) 29

but if your facility was the one lined up to make the Note 7 while the rest of the facilities already cover production for the other phones, guess which facility gets voted "Most Likely to Be Shut Down"?

That's not how globalization works.

Samsung has already been shutting down plants in Malaysia and China while at the same time opening new plants in Vietnam. If any plant is on the chopping block, it's the plants in Malaysia and China.

And if anybody is going to be laid off, it's the older workers with families, carpel tunnel syndrome, and higher wages, not the newbies that are still ecstatic to be making $150 a week for 80 hours of work (which used to be a yearly wage three to four years ago).

Comment Re:Might as well break the ice (Score 1) 342

You want to view them at home, from your HTPC where you won't be bothered by other people, people you consider dumb, rude, loud, too young, always on their phones and generally needing to get off your lawn.

Speak for yourself.

The people I consider dumb, rude, loud, too young, and always on their phones are already at my home. That's the reason I go to the movie theater, to take a break from them for a few hours.

Comment Re:Propaganda through their employees (Score 1) 239

I delivered packages for UPS last Christmas season. And no, you do not always get discretion. Your board tells you whether you get discretion, or not.

Alcohol and wine deliveries require signatures. Deliveries to businesses require signatures (since they're supposedly open when we delivered to them, there is bound to be someone there to sign). Some bad neighborhoods require signatures. And yes, sometimes it's the shipper that requires a signature, for instance Best Buy always requires a signature (no matter how cheap the item is, or how good the neighborhood is, which is completely asinine).

In the case of the Amazon employee, I'll bet that he simply lived in a bad neighborhood, or a very large apartment building with no obvious safe place to leave the packages. In which case, this will get solved with the new pick up areas Amazon is setting up at liquor stores, supermarkets, and gas stations opened 24/7, or open very late.

As to Amazon, note that Amazon is only picking up the most lucrative part of the shipping business with its "Amazon Instant" and its "Amazon Fresh". It's focusing on instant deliveries, which even FedEx doesn't do (let alone UPS). This is the same way FedEx got started when UPS was already around, it focused on overnight deliveries since they could charge exponentially more for items that would get shipped overnight.

And by focusing on instant deliveries, Amazon can acquire impulse buyers that would normally go to brick and mortar stores to get their fix.

Comment Re:...what? (Score 5, Informative) 140

Eh, why did you give a 12 year old this information in the first place? I am genuinely confused as to why he had the banking info needed.

I can't speak for Spain, but in France, I had a "Jeans" account when I was around that age.

It came with a bunch of comic books to teach me about banking and a banking ledger that I was supposed to fill out myself.

Comment Re:Pixel == Nexus (Score 4, Informative) 116

Except in the past those exclusive features usually had a reason behind them. Like the hardware didn't support the feature.

No, it was the same thing with the Nexus line as well.

Take the action bar library for instance. When it first came on the scene, it wasn't backwards compatible. The community created its own library for backwards-compatibility. Eventually, Google supported an official version of the backwards compatibility library and the community version was discontinued. There are dozens of other examples like this.

First Google comes up with a new feature, which it implements on the latest hardware and on its latest flagship device. Then later, the real work begins, both the open source community and Google try to bake an adaptation of that new feature into a compatibility library (that hopefully won't run like a dog on the older hardware).

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