As noted above, this doesn't help Google to spy on you; rather it helps your government and your ISP to spy on you. It's not even in Google's interest, because it helps their competition — and indeed, Google is usually all interested in making your connection secure with DNS-over-HTTPS, because it screws ISPs.
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We'd rather go down in Down Under, says Google: Search biz threatens to quit Australia if forced to pay for news
Epic Games files competition lawsuit against Google in the UK over Fortnite's ejection from Play Store
They might have more chances with Apple, which restricts the ability of users to install apps from anywhere else... But it's not that hard to sideload on Android. And yes, this is not possible with the default config, but the security argument of not letting people install anything they want by default unless they are at least able to uncheck the right box in the settings is not completely devoid of common sense.
The 30% cut does seem too much. Maybe it should be mandatory to have at least three app stores installed by default on every phone, to add a bit more competition?
That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave
Facial recog biz denies its software identified 'antifa members' among mob that stormed Capitol Hill
Re: The main problem with trying to spot antifa members...
Logic does not necessarily have to go into it. Even the Jamiroquai guy who posed on the podium of the Senate, who is a well-known and identified person openly advocating for Trump, has been claimed to be an actor on the basis of him showing up once at a climate change event.
On a related note, Jamiroquai has been trending on Google
Arguably, it makes sense to let small companies pay tax in a single jurisdiction when it would be too costly for them to declare tax in multiple countries... But when anyway the corporation controls offices in every country of the world, and is paying tax there, much of this argument falls. I'm not entirely sure whether this was foreseen by the politicians who wrote the laws, or whether this was an unintended consequence. The world is often more complicated than we think, though; and when corporations can save billions in tax by changing the way they operate, it's no wonder that they try.
Amazon Web Services launches appeal after losing $12m AWS trademark war in China to local biz Actionsoft
Yes and no. There is almost no comparison possible between what Amazon has created and the services that existed before them. It's quite similar to how there were search engines before Google, and smartphones before Apple made the iPhone, but what they created was so much more advanced than anything that existed before that they might have well have invented it.
UK competition watchdog calls for views on Nvidia's prospective $40bn acquisition of Brit chip designer Arm
Amazon turns Victorian industrialist with $2bn building project to house workers near new headquarters
If you're a WhatsApp user, you'll have to share your personal data with Facebook's empire from next month – or stop using the chat app
U-U-turn: New York Stock Exchange backtracks on previous backtrack, will de-list China's biggest telcos after all
At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse
I'm sure Google isn't hurting much about the €600k fine, but... How does that work? The ECJ ordered Google to examine requests for delisting, and now Google gets fined every time the regulators thinks it didn't take the right decision?
I thought the regulators had outsourced their job of handling privacy requests to Google, but I hadn't realized they would also make Google pay for the privilege...
Re: Why I love the Right to be Forgotten
In this case, I think that a stronger law should be used to completely take down the pages, and possibly go after the ex-boyfriend. The RTBF is made for removing results on old stories that no one cares about; it would be relatively powerless against a deliberate character assassination strategy.
'First ever' snap emerges of something vaguely resembling our solar system 300 ly away. We'll take 10 tickets
My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law
Apple and Google, take note: Newly enacted EU law aims to protect developers from arbitrary decisions of tech giants
I would have thought that if you are willing to let your code run on somebody's cloud, you are fine with the basic promise that only your program can read your data (at least, I'm assuming that Google is promising this with or without this encryption). Ultimately, you have to trust Google are not lying to you and that they know what they are doing, because I don't see how you can get proof that your program is really running on the encrypted machine and not any old random server.
Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'
Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms
That concept was in the English language a thousand or more years before anyone English encountered a black person
Er, no. Black people were known in Europe since before English language existed. Vikings were actually known for traveling a lot and bringing back prisoners, e.g:
Consumer orgs ask world's competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit's data?
The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references
Re: Pro Tip...Again
I downvoted your second post, and I wouldn't normally have bothered to say why I disagreed; but I'll make an exception this time: Downvoting is a fast and easy way to say I disagree, but I don't see the need to explain every single time the details of my opinion and how it differs from yours. The voting system is a useful way to measure sentiment for and against posts, but second-guessing the meaning and value of each vote is at best a waste of time, and at worst masturbatory.
Feel free to downvote my post without replying to it.
Why not give the choice to people?
I find it annoying when designers decide they know better than you how you should use their product and what for. In general, this happens by removing features which I find useful, and adding others which make no sense to me.
Admittedly, listening to users often results in designing a faster horse rather than a car; and Apple has had some success in designing products that were hugely successful even though nobody had asked for them. But they've been burnt a few times as well.
Step on it, I've got the police on my hack: Anon swipes, leaks online 269GB of crime intel docs from cops, Feds
Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process
EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it
It's good that this is becoming possible, but what I'm wondering is if it will open new possibilities. Electric engines are more versatile than gas ones; for instance it's not a problem at all to cut the engine and restart it later. Could this enable hybrid plane-gliders that would glide as much as possible, and only restart the engine when needed?
One thing that has struck me is how remote-controlled drones are almost always quadcopters, instead of looking like regular helicopters. If you take away some constraints, suddenly you have a lot more possibilities and you find different solutions. I hope that electric planes could bring some fresh designs.
City of Los Angeles sued for tracking rental scooter rides – that's the rideshare company's job says EFF and ACLU
I guess from the city's point of view, they're tracking the position of the scooters, not the users... I think that the city has a legitimate interest in knowing what type of trips are made, if only to optimise traffic, possibly add new bus lines, etc. Of course, it might be wishful thinking to imagine something useful is done with this data, rather than just letting it sit in an unsecured AWS storage. The city has a better chance of winning the lawsuit if they demonstrate that the data is actively used for legitimate purpose, rather than just Silicon Valley-style data hoarding "because we can".
I think this excerpt from Rasmus himself pretty much encapsulates how PHP was designed:
Well, there were other factors in play there. htmlspecialchars was a very early function. Back when PHP had less than 100 functions and the function hashing mechanism was strlen(). In order to get a nice hash distribution of function names across the various function name lengths names were picked specifically to make them fit into a specific length bucket. This was circa late 1994 when PHP was a tool just for my own personal use and I wasn't too worried about not being able to remember the few function names.
BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report
Moore's Law is deader than corduroy bell bottoms. But with a bit of smart coding it's not the end of the road
Re: Oh Elon - where did you lose your way?
I think he's never been extremely stable, and often he's said stuff that were downright stupid. He's just currently ranting on a particularly bad subject, because his precious Tesla factory in California got impacted by the shutdowns, so he's yapping at the mainstream Covid response.
For a guy who has admittedly accomplished quite a lot, he does seem to have a rather fragile ego. I'm not sure whether he thinks giving his kid a stupid name is a proof of his genius or originality...?