Category: Opinionated

Google Admits WebM infringes h.264 Patents

This might seem a harsh from Marco about google, but trust me it is just the truth.

Open” has very little to do with anything they do. What they’re really doing most of the time is trying to gain control of the web for themselves and their products. If they really cared about being so “open”, they’d open up a nontrivial part of their business that hasn’t already been commoditized, like their searching or advertising algorithms.

As usual, “open” is just lip service. And it works. It works damn well.

One can’t agree more with that statement.. They want to have the web under the control. Google created chromium (opensource), but how many of us get to use chromium as it is.The chromium site gives a download link to chrome and not the chromium, atleast for windows users its google chrome that they can get their hands on instantly and not chromium. So why is chromium so hard to download from the chromium site? Is there any stable build of chromium available? No.The reason is very simple, they want us to use the google branded version, so that they can keep tabs on the web and most importantly US. Why is Gmail still free? Why chrome OS, when there is open source linux? Why do they need to create Google+ rather than partner with Facebook for social search.

I can go on on ranting, but you get the point. Its very simple they want to own as much of the web as possible, keep everything under their control and they don’t care how they do it. They will do it by hook or crook. Well that stinks.

Its all consumerism

Most of us treat our money this way. The more we make, the more we spend. It’s not that we suddenly need to buy more just because we make more, only that we can, so we do. In fact, it’s quite difficult for us to avoid increasing our standard of living (or at least our rate of spending) every time we get a raise.

I don’t think it’s necessary to shun the whole ugly system and go live in the woods, pretending to be a deaf-mute, as Holden Caulfield often fantasized. But we could certainly do well to understand what big commerce really wants us to be. They’ve been working for decades to create millions of ideal consumers, and they have succeeded. Unless you’re a real anomaly, your lifestyle has already been designed.

The entire article is a good read, please read the complete story here. The article is one such peice which makes you stop and think about consumerism. Probably take a step back and realize what the whole point of life is, where we are headed, to take a look at the bigger picture of life, to realize where the limits are, to understand where fruitful life is and to get the essence of life. Hope the article inspires you to ponder and realize where you are headed, how deep in the consumerism soup you are and what you actually seek.

Apple's holiday quarter and market perceptions

Apple’s quarterly results were announced yesterday and they have done incredibly well given how the market had its own disappointments about the iPhone 5 and a lack of a new ground breaking product from its stable.
You should see the wonderful chart by Dan here to get an idea of how the quarters stacked up over the past year for apple.

What I am curious about is why do people perceive this as a flat growth. The stock dropped 10% yesterday after the announcement due to this perception. Why do people perceive it with such negativity? The profits might not have gone up, but should they look at the sales ? The iPhone especially had record breaking sales. Doesn’t that count as a very strong demand. Also there is a clear statement from apple saying the operating costs have gone up due to increase in manufacturing costs. Why don’t people understand such a small logical thing. It’s a shame that they don’t understand such a simple concept and they are trying to make money in the market.

I don’t own apple stock nor am I an apple fan boy. Did I own them I will rather keep it or buy more. It’s not time to sell it at least not yet. Just my logical thought.