Una, it's not just the likes of you and I that consider this to be sinister. No less than the Financial Times has referred to the "toxic business model" of Amazon, Google and Facebook. And when your whole business model is based on spying on people who trust you, and then selling on what you learn about them and their families and friends to anybody who will pay you, then who could say that the FT is wrong - this is indeed a toxic business model.Lucky you.... it is sinister however.
In any case, I don't think regulators are going down the trust busting road this time.IBM was not, to the best of my knowledge, broken up. It faced an antitrust investigation in the last 1970s but that was dropped when Regan became president.
Researchers have only just begun to develop pricing methodologies, something Gartner, a consultancy, calls “infonomics”. One of its pioneers, Jim Short of the University of California in San Diego, studies cases where a decision has been made about how much data are worth. One such involves a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment, a gambling group, that filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Its most valuable asset, at $1bn, was determined to be the data it is said to hold on the 45m customers who had joined the company’s customer-loyalty programme over the previous 17 years.
History of IBM - WikipediaIBM was not, to the best of my knowledge, broken up. It faced an antitrust investigation in the last 1970s but that was dropped when Regan became president.
Breaking up IBM means different things to different people. People with business experience and knowledge of the IT market would automatically think in terms of AT&T and the breakup into various regional operators. ( United States v. AT&T - Wikipedia ). Microsoft came close to being broken up and Gates' testimony (I watched it at the time) was quite unusual. Google ran into a problem over drug dealing and promoting drugs via adverts but got out of that by paying about a $500 million fine. There was some discussion at the time about splitting Google Search and Google advertising.This is what is ment by the breaking up of the ibm monopoly.
You are correct, but I think a little bit pedantic, the breakdown of the software and hardware model that occurred under the pressures they were under, reasons can be argued, kickstarted the american software industry.Breaking up IBM means different things to different people. People with business experience and knowledge of the IT market would automatically think in terms of AT&T and the breakup into various regional operators. ( United States v. AT&T - Wikipedia ). Microsoft came close to being broken up and Gates' testimony (I watched it at the time) was quite unusual. Google ran into a problem over drug dealing and promoting drugs via adverts but got out of that by paying about a $500 million fine. There was some discussion at the time about splitting Google Search and Google advertising.
When there's an antitrust investigation, it generally happens when a company has become large enough and powerful enough to be the significant player in a market. (Google in Search, Microsoft in Operating Systems/software etc). IBM had competition at the time in both software and hardware but the way that the investigation was shut down when Regan became president did leave a lot of people irritated.
It's that time again.
Bend over, drop your trousers and lube up folks.
Because another US corporation has "plans" for us.
Whatever way you look at it, this is nothing but the externalising of corporate costs
onto the unsuspecting public in a small gullible country.
This centre and the one Apple proposed in Athenry would put a huge stress on our creaking electricity infrastructure which of course the government would have to invest greatly in to rectify in order to accommodate these parasites, at a cost to the public.
Add to this the fact that it would not employ very many people and that it would be used to launder more of the taxes of large US MNC through our GDP grossly inflating it even more, thus affecting our payments to the EU.
Then add to this the increased power usage and the knock on effect of our green electricity obligations and climate change obligations and the various increased fines for not meeting these obligations and it is clear that this kind of project is actually a liability on our balance sheet which is why they need to trick thick paddies into taking it. All the valuable well paid "knowledge economy" employment and IT research and development jobs are earmarked for elsewhere not here of course.
It should be called scAmazon!
Iceland would seem like the perfect place for such things as data centres and crypto mining, given the relative abundance of free geothermal energy. But the people of Iceland are not fools like the Irish, and would demand a fair cut and fair taxes to be paid. So the predators are eyeing up Ireland, land of the green drunken fools who readily hand away their country to foreign crooks.Crypto currency mining is another one that needs cool climates and huge amounts of energy. Now that these miners are being kicked out of real countries like China, they are looking for rogue states like the 26 county free state to host them.
I find this particularly amusing because he term "enhancing your user experience" as a synonym for "made it stop working". Which is usually expressed in some sort of context like this:Amazon workers are listening to private and sometimes disturbing voice recordings to improve the voice-assistants' understanding of human speech. Amazon has admitted to its customers that thousands of recordings are being analysed by staff and transcribed before feeding them back into the software.
As many as 1,000 clips are reviewed by workers in buildings all over the world, many of which are not obviously run by the online giant. Staff members have said that the work is mostly mundane, however they do come across embarrassing clips, like a woman singing off-key in the shower. The teams use internal chat rooms to share files when they need help deciphering a muddled word - or come when they come across an amusing recording. Among more sinister content the workers have heard, have been a child screaming for help and two instances were they believed they heard a sexual assault taking place.
Amazon last night confirmed the revelations when approached by Bloomberg saying that 'an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings' are analysed by staff. In an emailed statement to MailOnline, an Amazon spokesperson said: 'We only annotate an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings in order to improve the customer experience.