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Control the operating system, control the future
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-10-05 22:44:16

My thoughts tend to go to dark places these days. And so when I watched Google on Wednesday trot out one after another of its homegrown computing devices for every task and every nook of our homes, I went straight to dystopia: R.I.P. digital competition.

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RE: Free Software to the rescue again
By Flatland_Spider on 2017-10-06 15:59:54
Mycroft (https://mycroft.ai/) too.
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Meh.
By Flatland_Spider on 2017-10-06 16:06:46
This is how things go.

In the beginning there are hobbyists with their bare boards and sensors.

Then there are the gen 1 devices cobbled together for casual, but technical, consumers. They look less like Frankenstein devices then the original homebrew systems.

Next, companies come and go as they figure out how to sell the thing.

Finally, there are the commodity systems for "everyone", which are generally bags of crap, but they work for most people.
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RE: Voice
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-10-06 18:14:17
I'm not sure I agree with the premise that voice assistants are more restrictive. Amazon has opened up their platform to allow third party skills. They are so open that most skills are garbage.

I understand the default to amazon is bad and may be a barrier to many people. But, I'm not convinced its worse than ios restrictions. With out being able to set default applications for maps, mail, browser etc, its kind of the same thing. You can do things the apple way and other ways, but apple will try to reduce the friction to stay in apple world. Yet, people do still use non Apple services. So, I have hope for Amazon echo.

But also, I have no idea why anyone want's/ needs echo. It seems like such a gimmick. Plus I have my voice assistant on my phone that can do almost everything as well. And its on my phone which is always with me.
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RE: three words
By Bill Shooter of Bul on 2017-10-06 18:16:04
Why reactOS? Are they even close to being compatible with what ever their current target is?

Why not true FOSS from the ground up, ala Debian Linux ? Why pay to have a worse, less compatible version of windows?
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Google is Evil
By shotsman on 2017-10-06 19:20:17
That's all you need to know.

They (and so does the likes of FB etc) want to know about your life, the people you interact with, where you go. In short, what you are for breakfast, listened to and everthing, and I mean everything about you.
They will then sell it to advertisers.

As for these devices that they want to put in every home that will spy on us and do their job for them AND they expect us to pay them for the [redacted] of letting their crap inside our homes? You gotta be kidding. No, No and thrice No. This is far too close to what Orwell predicted more than sixty years ago.

I won't have anything to do with them now or in the future.
I hate all adverts and I once worked for an Advertising Company (which probably explains it)...

If anyone thinks that they are intruding in your life then I'm sorry to tell you, it will get a lot, lot, lot worse.
That good enough for you Thom!
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RE: Voice
By leech on 2017-10-06 20:27:01
> I think the article is a bit more specific (and I found compelling) than what others have mentioned...

It's about voice-activated devices.

Because you won't browse for apps to launch, the services you use will probably be the default ones.

E.g. on a Google device it'll be Google's search, music, video, etc., with less opportunity for third-parties to get in on it.

The article gives the example that you aren't likely to say "Play song on Spotify."

I dunno. I thought it's new and interesting.


I tried this with Bixby on my Note 8. "Hi Bixby" "Open Humble Bundle" "Install Sorcery" It was at that point that instead of installing Sorcery through Humble Bundle, it opened the Google Play Store which of course wanted 4.99 for the game when I already have it in my Humble Library. Maybe I worded it wrong, may try again later.
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RE[2]: three words
By Megol on 2017-10-06 21:46:36
> Why reactOS? Are they even close to being compatible with what ever their current target is?

Why not true FOSS from the ground up, ala Debian Linux ? Why pay to have a worse, less compatible version of windows?


True FOSS? Now that's an insult for everyone but die-hard GNU fanatics!

And why not ReactOS (notice capitalization)? It is a _true_ open source operating system no matter if it is compatible with whatever. If you don't realize that maybe you should simply STFU?
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Another day...
By Megol on 2017-10-06 21:50:09
another baseless thoughtless idiotic rant posted as something insightful.

We already have the open system we need. Today. Just say no to using Google and you are on your way.

But if you choose the products of a company then you can't complain if they expand their offerings - like Coca Cola etc. have done in the past and others will in the future.

Nobody forces you to drink cola, and if you do you have other alternatives than the "original".
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What a joke
By jbrader on 2017-10-07 02:54:03
RIP digital competition. Followed immediately by a list of all the digital competitors.

Get this author some pearls to clutch.
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Meh
By Darkmage on 2017-10-08 07:40:56
Phone is the most important closed platform, luckily with $162,000 remaining it looks like the librem phone is going to be fully funded.
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