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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

farble1670 Re:surpising (168 comments)

I can literally order everything I need and have it shipped to me, and never touch amazon. Lowes, Giant Foods, clothing stores, Ali Baba, Ebay, all have online stores.

yep, and you have to remember your logins for all those stores, go through a lengthy registration process re-entering your CC info, addresses, and so on.

3 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

farble1670 Re:not a permanent fix (535 comments)

that's not how it works. it didn't wear off, your spouse's vision has just continued to naturally degenerate to the point that it was when she had the surgery. if she didn't have the surgery it would have been much worse now.

4 days ago
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Apple Agrees To $450 Million Ebook Antitrust Settlement

farble1670 Re:Fanbois (91 comments)

the whole point of Apple's ebook efforts was to provide a bulwark against the Amazon Ultron-like eater-of-worlds mopolistic behavior. It was a last ditch effort from apple and the publishers to try and prevent Amazon from eating and owning the entire author and book industry, from writing books to editing them to printing them to selling them.

so your whole argument is that it was okay for apple to commit a crime to thwart amazon from becoming more successful? if amazon ended up breaking laws, so be it, and let them stand accountable at that point.

apple isn't some angel coming down from on high to protect the poor little ebook authors. they were simply trying to thwart a competitor from becoming dominant in the field. they wanted a (larger) piece of the pie, and they broke the law trying to get it.

the irony of course is that Amazon is the one that pushed the DOJ in the first place, and that an "independent" lawyer involved on the plaintiff's side does a lot of work for amazon and even works out of Amazon's building.

i don't think you understand what irony means.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

farble1670 Re:Good (300 comments)

big companies never fire employees unless it's something really, really terrible.

i talked to a manager about this once. to fire someone, he needed to go through 3 cycles of evaluating, documenting their deficiencies, and laying out a plan for improvement with the employee. he said it just wasn't worth his time. thinking back on this, that seems like a cop-out. they should have subtracted that employee's wages from his, because that's what he was losing the company by letting them stay on.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

farble1670 Re:Good (300 comments)

Pity that corporations like this always seem to want to lay everyone off at once, though. Why can't they do it gradually?

because that's absolutely terrible for morale. employees don't like coming in to work every day wondering if they are going to be asked to clear out their desk. it's much better to have a week of chaos and bad feelings then get back to business.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

farble1670 Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (300 comments)

But mostly because it seems the new CEO has accepted they aren't going to succeed in mobile devices

no, it means they don't need two accounting depts, two HR depts, two public relations depts, and so on. it also means they don't need to continue (or at least start phasing out) development of non-MSFT mobile operating systems.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

farble1670 Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (300 comments)

Moves like this don't really help anything.

they sure as hell do. employees are a massive liability not only in wages but in healthcare, vacation balances, matching 401k, and other benefits.

in big companies, there is always some percent of people that are just hanging on taking up space. clearing them out is actually good for everyone. nothing is more demoralizing than watching someone collect a paycheck for doing nothing while you work your ass off. for the laid off employee it usually ends up being a pretty good deal too considering severance.

about two weeks ago
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Economist: File Sharing's Impact On Movies Is Modest At Most

farble1670 yep, modest (214 comments)

Ask the studios and they will say billions.

considering it's a multi-hundred-billion dollar industry, "billions" does qualify as modest.

about two weeks ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

farble1670 Re:Reaching for symbolism - and failing (265 comments)

a few measly degrees warmer in the coming decades won't do it either

man, you really don't understand climate change.

about three weeks ago
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Will Google's Dart Language Replace Javascript? (Video)

farble1670 Re:No (180 comments)

"if you can compile C to machine code, i don't get the point of C."

understand now?

about three weeks ago
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Android Wear Is Here

farble1670 Re:Significant difference (129 comments)

but it's not easier to bring a tablet and a laptop than to just bring a laptop, right? and since a laptop does everything a tablet does (faster and on a bigger screen), why in earth would anyone ever need a tablet?

which by design only really does much when a smart-phone is in your pocket

i'm in BT range of my phone 99% of the day, and i think that's pretty typical.

about three weeks ago
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Android Wear Is Here

farble1670 Re:In a watch, batteries should last a year or mor (129 comments)

the tablet allows them to ... not open their laptop? that's it. subset of the functionality of their laptop, and it doesn't do [the functionality] well since it has a smaller screen and a slower processor. there's nothing compelling about them.

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

farble1670 Re:why? (346 comments)

first, you do realize what you suggest is called extortion, and it's illegal obviously. for a minute i was thinking that was your line but i guess not.

if goldman sachs wanted to cut a deal with me, why wouldn't I exploit that as much as possible?

if you saw someone drop $20 on the street, would you pick it up and walk away?
if you saw an unlocked car w/ a briefcase, would you open the door and take it?
if a business left their bank bag on the counter unattended, would you grab it?
if you were a used car salesperson and had the opportunity to unload a lemon on a young, first time car buyer, would you do it?

with your attitude, the answer to all these questions is "of course, why wouldn't I"? the reason you wouldn't is because you realize that we live in a society and despite laws and law enforcement and courts, it largely depends on people "doing the right thing" to maintain order.

for most of us, this is just ingrained in our personalities. call it empathy. we subconsciously put ourselves in the place of others and give it the "how would you like it?" test. i know this type of thinking is completely alien to you, but i just wanted to give you a little glimpse into how the humans think.

my brother, who works in finance, has a favorite expression for when he gets the extreme upper hand in a deal. "ripping their faces off".

i'd love to get your parents in a room and just tell them what a great job they did on you and your brother. clearly upstanding, pillars of our society you two are.

it's not like we're dealing with a little old lady or a church

GS is an investment firm that manages the money of many old ladies and churches, so yeah, you are dealing with them indirectly.

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

farble1670 Re:why? (346 comments)

sigh. it's sad that's where your mind goes.

about three weeks ago
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WebODF: JavaScript Open Document Format Editor Deemed Stable

farble1670 stable? (91 comments)

the developers are declaring this release stable enough for every day use

anyone see anything wrong with that statement?

about a month ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

farble1670 Re:Google's intent (236 comments)

1. Patents on tech that will have consumer demand, which Google can profit from licensing to automotive manufacturers.

considering how much they are spending in R&D, and that the are building and using real prototypes, they deserve patents. this isn't someone patenting shapes and colors.

about a month ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

farble1670 Re:Ego (236 comments)

I'm not sure what Google's business plan really is. Is it to make cars, or at least make money by supplying software for cars?

they want in cars for the same reason they want in phones, on your wrist, on your desktop, on your thermostat, and so on. they want you using google services, and thereby looking at google ads.

cars will be web / internet enabled. they want to control that experience. even if they aren't showing you ads in the car, they want to you using google maps (or whatever) in the car so you'll be more likely to use google maps, and other google services everywhere else. e.g., they make some money from licensing google apps for android, but it's really about getting / keeping people using google search.

about a month ago
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The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

farble1670 wrong (254 comments)

62% of the more than 18,000 U.S. consumers it polled said social media had no influence on their buying decisions

sure, there are of course individual ad campaigns that fails, but this isn't how you come to that understanding.

while i'm not a professional "pollist", this seems tremendously flawed. first, advertising's effects are largely on the subconscious. it's not like you see an add for mcdonald's and think out loud to your self "i'm going to get some mcdonalds". it's more like you see 500 ads for mcdonalds where multicultural hipsters are hanging out and having fun eating mcdonalds on youtube and the next time you are driving through a pack of fast food restaurants, your familiarity with mcdonalds makes you lean one way. it's why restaurants like mcdonalds, burger king, taco bell, applebees, dennys, and so on make so much $. it's not because they are good, it's because people are familiar with them (usually combined with them not being terrible).

second, people like to think they are individuals with free will. if you ask them if they are driven to purchase goods and services by ads, of course they are going to say no.

advertising WORKS. you can see this by the fact that companies continue to up their spending, hundreds of billions year after year. if there's one thing i do know, it's that corporations like money. they wouldn't continue to shell out greater and greater sums every year if they weren't measuring positive results.

about a month ago

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Google Maps Navigation now on all Android Devices

farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

farble1670 (803356) writes "Google has rolled Google Maps Navigation for all Android 1.6+ devices, even the lowly HTC Dream (aka T-Mobile G1). Features include traffic, satellite, and street view overlaid with your route. PC World has a nice feature overview. What does this mean for dedicated GPS device makers, now that a free, "good enough" turn by turn GPS is available to the ever-increasing number of Android users? What does it mean for the iPhone, where Google has yet to port this application? Google says it will port, if Apple approves.

After using it for a few days now, I agree with the "good enough" verdict."
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farble1670 farble1670 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

farble1670 writes "The European Commission on FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) has made it official — Sun contributes to and participates in more open source projects than any other commercial company, including IBM, Red Hat, Novell and HP. See the Economic impact of FLOSS on innovation and competitiveness (page 51) for the breakdown. In person months, Sun contributes over 3x more than the second place company, IBM.

This was concluded prior to the OpenJDK announcement, so we will see Sun's contributions grow significantly in the near future."

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