Re: Google has lost already
Oh absolutely - Google's actual search technology when given a specific target is fantastic. But on a wide scale it's too easily gamed...
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You are talking like Elon is going to moderate every tweet - he has better things to do...
Let's wait and see. What if Twitter puts out a transparent set of rules for everyone to follow and applies them equally to everyone? At one point Musk said the algorithm could be made public, which says that he intends on transparency.
That has to be better than the completely opaque system in place now.
100% this. You can't be a passive sit on your butt and wait for people to come to you type manager and make WFH work. You have to be proactive.
Most managers would rather demand employees come back in the office to suit their management style (or lack of it) than make an effort to improve.
The only way this can work is if you have a third-party age verification of some form (it would be too much work for every web site to do it individually).
So expect Google and FB to demand identity verification and see lots more "sign in with google/FB/etc" log in pages, and the mountain of data slurping that will come with it.
Sounds like a lot of websites will be off my browsing list shortly...
"hands up how many of you have had a spontaneous - ie: not pre-scheduled by a meeting request invite or some precursory discussion over a text-based system - conversation with one of your colleagues or team in the last... oooh, let's say three months?"
I had 4 of those yesterday, which is typical for me. I'd average 3-4 spontaneous electronic conversations a day (whether text or call/video) in addition to scheduled meetings. And I now get at least 80% less interruptions from people wanting to talk about inane rubbish that has nothing to do with work..
"studies have shown that team productivity is down by anything up to 30%,"
Our team is actually producing all work ahead of schedule while WFH. Care to provide references for these "studies"?
Sounds like you are stuck in the past and haven't made the effort to actually use the technologies available to you. Or you are one of those odious people who have zero social life outside of work, and need everyone captive in the office so you can have a social outlet.
Yep, most of them are just different GUIs on the Google calendar.
The Proton Mail calendar isn't though, it's a completely separate app with no links to the built-in calendar. (usual no association beyond being a satisfied user disclaimer obviously).
Signal also does a good job of replacing the SMS app.
There are definitely alternatives. I use Signal for SMS instead of google messenger - you just have to tick a box in settings and say yes make it the default. Works flawlessly.
There are dialer alternatives as well, but I haven't bothered as I don't make enough phone calls to be worth the trouble...
The A in AOSP stands for Android. Huawei phones have no Google stuff on them and their OS is still called Android.
I agree Google wants everyone to *think* that it's the Google parts that are most important and make Android what it is, but they aren't really.
"Some sideloading initiatives would also mandate removing protections against third-party access to proprietary hardware elements"
In other words this could kill the massive margins we make on Apple Pay too!
This has been a long-running issue in Australia where Apple had a standoff with the local banks over the commission Apple charges on Apple Pay transactions. If the banks themselves could make their own pay function that would really mess up Apple's applecart...
"They refused FBI pressure before"
Hard not to think this was a quid pro quo for that - we won't give you access to the device, but we'll scan it all for you and let you know if there's anything bad/relevant on it. After all if they find CP material they will notify the FBI straight away.
"you'll likely end up with an experience that's ultimately crippled, or fails to run entirely"
What is that statement based on what exactly? My phone has all google stuff stripped out. Just installed Aurora store and proceeded as normal. Both of my banking apps work fine, Whatsapp works fine too.
Any app that gave errors worked fine in any browser you like. Most "apps" are just wrappers on websites anyway. Firefox lets you put shortcuts on your home screen so it's barely any different to an app.
"I thought USB-C was in answer to Apple's Lightning?"
No it is the successor - that's why Apple use it on macbooks etc. Apple was one of the early adopters of it, there were very few USBC devices out there at the time..
If lightning was actually better it would be on macbooks too wouldn't it?
“The value of American-made components in the new Mac Pro is 2.5 times greater than in Apple’s previous generation Mac Pro.” Note the word “value” in there – not number."
From the US perspective value is all that matters - it means 2.5x the $$$ going into the US economy instead of the Chinese one - which is the whole point.
Reality is Apple did a deal with Trump - Apple significantly increased the amount of money they put into the US economy, Trump dropped tariffs. Everything is a negotiation with him.
I have a 256gb card in my mate 20x. Plus the 128gb internal memory. That's plenty for me travelling or otherwise.
Genuine question - how much storage do you need in a phone?
Agree using micro sd would be better, but card was like $5 more expensive so it wasn't a big deal to me.
"Thats the same argument as build more motorways to solve congestion. Its been a proven failure for decades now"
Sorry that's rubbish - motorway upgrades allow for more cars to travel during a given period.
"Exactly. There are enough flights already...unless you believe the fatuous rubbish about the new runway leading to more business with china)."
Firstly, if you don't want to take more flights then don't, it's your choice. Please stop trying to make decisions for the rest of us. And if you don't believe Chinese tourist numbers I suggest you go anywhere in Europe - there are throngs of Chinese tourists everywhere, and the numbers are growing.