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Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

KarmaMB84 Re:I agree (596 comments)

They did offer a defense: it's the customer data. What happens is even if that customer data is only weighted as 0.001% as important as their other metrics, if that customer data is the ONLY data they have for these bogus search terms, this would happen. Google used obviously bogus search terms which have exaggerated the weighting of that data. In reality, that data might only move a page up or down a ranking on page 10 of a real search on Bing for all we know.

Unless they come up with some actual evidence of real copying, this is a non-story. The #1 complaint around here all the time seems to be that Bing ISN'T giving the same results as Google so obviously that customer data isn't be weighted as important enough!

more than 3 years ago
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Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness

KarmaMB84 Re:Putting the snideness of the summary aside... (663 comments)

Microsoft pays more in licensing fees for H.264 than they receive. They're a very minor patent holder in that pool.

more than 3 years ago
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Verizon Finally Unveils Apple iPhone

KarmaMB84 Re:disconnect (480 comments)

CDMA is 3G but it does not support simultaneous voice and data.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wins Injunction Against Agency Using Microsoft Cloud

KarmaMB84 Re:Suing prospective clients? (187 comments)

It’s really nice how much taxpayer money Google is wasting here. They tried to convince the DOI they could meet their requirements and failed. The DOI wanted their stuff on a separate system and Google said it would be “logically separate”. Google shot themselves in the foot and are now suing and will probably cost the taxpayer more money in court costs than the entire contract would’ve been worth. If they were suing over a large contract where they didn’t legitimately fail at meeting the requirements it would be different. At this point Google is just being malicious.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Wins Injunction Against Agency Using Microsoft Cloud

KarmaMB84 Re:Suing prospective clients? (187 comments)

Another interesting point came up the last time this was discussed. DOI's requirements stated 'solution must be FISMA certified' 'BPOS is not FISMA certified' 'that's okay, we choose BPOS (we'll pay to get it certified after it's running)'. And Google's complaint alleged that DOI told Google 'your solution may not be considered because it is not FISMA certified' (although Google's solution has passed FISMA certification already).

From Google’s original filing the DOI could apparently certify BPOS-F themselves. They refused to review Google’s certification package before Google got their certification elsewhere.

more than 3 years ago
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Famous British Autism Study an 'Elaborate Fraud'

KarmaMB84 Re:National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (813 comments)

His findings that autistic individuals typically have gastro-intestinal disorders was verified. His findings that autism is caused by vaccinations was most certainly not.

more than 3 years ago
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Police Can Search Cell Phones Without Warrants

KarmaMB84 Re:Will this change police practice? (438 comments)

I foresee a lot of SD cards full of child porn turning up in smartphones confiscated from "suspects".

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 7 Trumps Vista By Reaching 20% Share

KarmaMB84 Re:Windows 7 (404 comments)

They pulled the Sarbanes-Oxley card for the $29 upgrades. Apparently it's easier to make people pay the token fee than SOX compliant accounting for the updates (they "add value" to the product).

more than 3 years ago
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MS Asks Google To Delay Fuzzer Tool

KarmaMB84 Re:When (205 comments)

The US is the third largest exporter of manufactured goods on the planet and #1 in total manufacturing. You can bet if the dollar dropped and currency manipulation and trade barriers were ended, the US would be churning out a lot more goods to export.

more than 3 years ago
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Samsung Set To Introduce Android-Based iPod Touch Competitor

KarmaMB84 Re:Headphones (221 comments)

My mesmerize accepts standard headphones in its 3.5 mm jack....

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates Pilot Who Exposed Security Flaws

KarmaMB84 Re:more leaks (394 comments)

In recent years, we’ve learned quite a few of our elected representatives not only think being fondled is no big deal, but they either like being fondled by other men or like to fondle other men themselves (while publicly stating that homosexuals will burn in hell to boot). It is no surprise that many of our security measures call for hot man on man fondling action.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates Pilot Who Exposed Security Flaws

KarmaMB84 Re:Don't compromise ... (394 comments)

The US Supreme Court ruled that unilateral secession from the Union is impossible and that any law or resolution passed by a state declaring unilateral secession would be absolutely null. Dissolving the Union would require revolution or the consent of the states to dissolve the Union.

more than 3 years ago
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TSA Investigates Pilot Who Exposed Security Flaws

KarmaMB84 Re:Makes no difference (394 comments)

That’s a good question. Personally, I’d be inclined to call the police and inquire about random dudes wearing SWAT gear and carrying guns on the street with no apparent reason to be there.

more than 3 years ago
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Anonymous Now Attacking Corporate Fax Machines

KarmaMB84 Re:More intelligent coordinated actions? (410 comments)

That's a big Merry Christmas from Anonymous to the families of myfax.com's employees that will probably be getting let go because of this.

more than 3 years ago
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68% of US Broadband Connections Aren't Broadband

KarmaMB84 Re:But the free market! (611 comments)

I think he meant selling people 6mbit cable that will almost never see 6mbit and will often be about as reliable as a 56k modem during peak hours.

more than 3 years ago
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Moscow Has Eyes On WikiLeaks, Too

KarmaMB84 Re:Truth? Let me tell you about TRUTH (579 comments)

The US Constitution specifically bans a standing army in a time of peace - makes you wonder why ever since WWII the US government has always found some bogus reason to perpetually be at war.

The Constitution only limits Congress to passing military appropriations with terms of up to two years. They pass appropriations bills annually so they are certainly well within that limit since they only pass appropriations with terms of one year. There's a reason why those bills are considered "must pass" and Congressmen are so successful tacking on riders.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

KarmaMB84 Re:Can't see a reason in the Acceptable Use Policy (528 comments)

You *Assume* it's illegal to distribute this information. If it was illegal, the US would have gone to the courts, show it was illegal, and the filed for a proper take-down notice. This was done because of pure and simple political pressure.

It's pretty efficient if you don't have to go running to the court and instead have something taken down by nothing more than a friendly phone call from the aide of a Congressman.

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks Booted From Amazon

KarmaMB84 Re:Can't see a reason in the Acceptable Use Policy (528 comments)

The US State Department disagrees. I imagine if they can get hold of him in a country that would happily extradite him, he'll be on his way to the US to face charges under the Espionage Act.

more than 3 years ago

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