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Google Sells Maine Barge For Scrap

DavidinAla This was Google at its worst (79 comments)

Google has become so successful from its advertising business that it casually throws around money on goofy projects which either don't work or just peter out. This is presumably an example of one of those. Having plenty of profits is a good thing, but it also causes a company to completely lose focus and leads to the hubris that Google exhibits — that of believing it can do anything and everything. I know that a lot of techie fans of Google don't want to hear this, but Google's lack of focus is going to come back to bite it. Those "cool" projects that geeks tend to like are going to be on the chopping block once there's finally a disruption to Google's advertising business. (And that day will come.)

about a month and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

DavidinAla A watch doesn't fill a need for me (381 comments)

It seems to me that current wearable products are a case of technology looking for a problem to solve. There's nothing they do that matters to me that my iPhone can't do better, and the idea that it's a burden to pull my watch out of my pocket seems laughable to me. The Android Wear products are vaguely interesting as technology demonstrations, but I see nothing that they DO that I need done —and I don't want to wear a device on my arm and charge yet another device, too. It's theoretically possible that someone will release a new product that does something that I'm not even conceiving on, in which case I'll re-evaluate my opinion. But right now I can't see anything interesting about them. If Apple releases anything even vaguely similar (in function or anything else) to what the Android companies have been releasing, I'll have zero interest in it. I need products that solve real problems that I have. Nothing about what I see so far even attempts to address anything that I consider a problem to be solved.

about 2 months ago

Foursquare Splits To Take On Yelp

DavidinAla Unbundling seems like an odd fad (24 comments)

While I don't want an "everything including the kitchen sink" app, the idea that functions should be broken into separate apps seems like an odd (and insane) fad to me. If the functions are related, they belong in the same app. If they're not related, why were they ever designed into the same app? For instance, in Facebook, the messaging app is for messaging people I'm connected to on Facebook. I don't want it for anything else and I'm not going to make that messaging system into my primary messaging system. It will ONLY be for communication with people I don't know well enough to be connected by email. It just seems as though folks in Silicon Valley talk to each other and somebody came up with the idea that functions should be different apps, so many companies are doing it with no rational reason behind it.

about 5 months ago

E.T. Found In New Mexico Landfill

DavidinAla There's nothing 'infamous' about this story (179 comments)

"Famous" and "infamous" don't mean the same thing. Look them up. There's nothing "infamous" about this landfill or the legend. Please quit misusing this word.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

DavidinAla Getting a tool or making a religious statement? (299 comments)

If you're making a statement of your religious faith OR if you're just tinkering, going to the trouble of finding something to run an open source package makes sense. If you're actually interested in the right tool for the job, then buy a real music studio with a Mac or a Windows PC instead. There's a reason that real musicians generally use real tools that suit professional needs.

about 8 months ago

Leak: Almost a Third of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatches Are Being Returned

DavidinAla As for the other 70 percent... (365 comments)

About 10 percent don't mind looking like dorks and wearing useless technology, because they can pretend they're in a sci-fi movie. The other 60 percent haven't been able to find their receipts.

about a year ago

Java Spec Compatibility Weakened Android's TLS Encryption

DavidinAla The blame is Google's, not Oracle's (82 comments)

Nobody forced Google to use Java. Google made its own decision what to use and how to use it. Quit trying to give most geeks' favorite company a pass when it makes lousy decisions that come back to hurt users.

about a year ago

Microsoft Makes Another "Nearly Sold Out" Claim For the Surface Line

DavidinAla I don't believe a word they say (262 comments)

Given the fact that Microsoft has shown a willingness to badly mislead on this subject, the company has zero credibility about it. It's possible they're being completely honest and accurate about it this time, but since we've seen them lie (or "mislead" to put it charitably) before, how can we know? This is common for many, many companies, but when a company starts down this road, we lose the ability to trust anything they say in the future.

about a year ago

Lowell Observatory Pushes To Name an Asteroid "Trayvon"

DavidinAla It's ridiculous to make this political (588 comments)

Trying to name an asteroid after Martin is an overt political act that has no place in the naming of such bodies. It's absurd and wrong.

1 year,17 days

The Greatest Keyboard Shortcut Ever

DavidinAla On Safari for Macs (506 comments)

If you close a tab that you didn't mean to close, just hit Command-z and the tab will reopen. It was the last thing you did, so it makes sense that Command-z would undo that. This isn't exactly rocket science.

1 year,28 days

Ask Slashdot: Best/Newest Hardware Without "Trusted Computing"?

DavidinAla Re:get a mac. (290 comments)

You absolutely don't have a clue what you're talking about.

about a year ago

Apple Isn't the Next Microsoft (and That's a Good Thing)

DavidinAla This writer is a moron (269 comments)

Anyone who thinks that iOS 7 is nothing more than a graphical change is an idiot who isn't keeping up with the technical changes going on. This is a classic case of ignoring the facts when they don't fit the narrative you want to use as an argument. What a moron.

about a year ago

A Radical Plan For Saving Microsoft's Surface RT

DavidinAla Why write about business if you're this clueless? (391 comments)

So many people in the tech world seem to think that products are priced randomly and that if a company really wanted to, it could sell them at half the price and still make money. The truth is that the Surface RT was priced as it needed to be for Microsoft to make a decent margin on the hardware. Now that the price has been cut this drastically, the odds are strong that there's no profit (and they're probably even be losing money on each unit). So to claim that this is a way to save the device is to assume it should have lost money from the beginning. Although Microsoft is clearly willing to take a discounted price right now — because the alternative is not selling them at all — pricing this product at the current price would have been a financial disaster because it would have let the public believe that this was a "fair price" for such a product. It can't be profitably built and sold (at the current quality level) at the fire-sale prices you're seeing now. So it's silly to think this is anything more than a way to recover some of the huge amount of money that's been lost ona product that never made sense in the first place. To suggest it as a business plan is to prove that you're completely ignorant of how financial reality works.

about a year ago

Google Betting Its Google+ Systems Know What's Best For You

DavidinAla This is typical of Google's arrogance (109 comments)

The people at Google believe that if something can be quantified and identified, it MUST mean sometime. In the example given in the article summary, the only reason Google would assume that certain shots are "special" is that it happens to have the capability to identify certain locations, so OBVIOUSLY those would matter. Right? No, not at all. Google doesn't know what I want. Google doesn't know what I think is special. Google doesn't know what I think. The ONLY way it can have any hope of even making intelligent guesses about those things is to become more and more intrusive in the data it gathers about me. I don't want that. I don't want some collecting that much information about me. I don't even want some algorithm trying to figure out what matters to me. I like the idea of certain things being programmable. I like making the UIs to those things easier to understand. But I want to be in control. I don't want Google or any other company doing things because it thinks it understands me and what I want. That's prelude to Big Brother, at best.

about a year ago

Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

DavidinAla This isn't deceptive at all (371 comments)

All T-Mobile has done is separate the cost of the phone from the cost of the service. You can quit using the service at any time, but you still have to finish paying for the hardware you've purchased. How is that deceptive?

about a year ago

Not Even Investors Know What Google Glass Is For

DavidinAla This is a toy for geeks having nerdgasms (496 comments)

There will be a few real-world uses for Glass that are positive and cost-effective. For the vast majority, this device is a non-starter at any price, IMO. If you want to walk around pretending you're in a sci-fi movie, yeah, it's probably great if you're a 14-year-old, but most people aren't going to have a use for this AND they're not going to want to be seen wearing it AND it's not going to be socially acceptable. Once again, this is technology desperately in search of a problem to solve to justify its existence.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Protecting Home Computers From Guests?

DavidinAla Guest account on a Mac is perfect for this (572 comments)

If you have a Mac, there's a standard user account called Guest. This account has privileges to do normal user things, but can't install apps or make other changes to the computer. (And the account has no access to other users' data.) No matter what the guest user does in that account, it can't hurt you —and the entire Guest account is in a fresh state each time you log in to it. It's designed exactly for something such as this, and it works very, very well in real use.

about a year and a half ago

Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit

DavidinAla Re:Lots of hypocrisy going on here (252 comments)

It's hard to tell whether you're truly ignorant or you're just trolling. Apple was never a part of the KHTML project, so they never worked with those guys. They simply picked up their code and started using it when they wanted to launch a browser. Apple and Google have been working together on WebKit for years now, and Google is splitting off to go its own way. The two situations aren't even close to analogous if you actually know what happened. This would only be similar if Google had never had a browser of its own and never contributed to WebKit and then announced that they were going to create an engine of their own based on WebKit. There's nothing WRONG with it, but I'm amazed at how fanboys treat the two companies very differently and have "selective" memories about the past.

about a year and a half ago

Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit

DavidinAla Lots of hypocrisy going on here (252 comments)

If Apple had done this, people would be shouting about Apple trying to do something "proprietary" and making sure they were incompatible. Or some such idiocy. But people who love Google are willing to make up whatever excuse they need to make up to support almost anything their beloved company does. Some Apple users have been insufferable apologists for everything the company does, but the Google apologists are just as bad, if not worse, these days.

about a year and a half ago

Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

DavidinAla Chrome is technology looking for problem to solve (216 comments)

Chrome is a technology looking for a problem to solve, at least for me and for most people. Yes, Google (and maybe some other companies) would be happy if they were constantly controlling the apps you were using, but I so no advantage in that approach to me. (And I see serious disadvantages.) I have a MacBook Air that I'm very, very happy with. It's simple to use and manage. It's small and light. Why would I possibly be better-served by comparable hardware running a browser-based OS? It makes no sense from my point of view. I don't want it and I'm not buying it. If it happens to suit your needs, great. But for most people, native apps running completely without an online connection when necessary are the way to go.

about a year and a half ago


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