And what monopoly, exactly, do you think Google has? Can you tell me how Google even makes money with all the free stuff they offer?
Have you ever seen statistics about who is doing advertises on the internet. I remember quite well that in the time yahoo was about to be swallowed by either google or Microsoft that the market situation was clearly showing google in a position of more than 50% - which is, somewhat, a monopolists place…
A monopoly is illegal in the USA because it allows a single company to control the entirety of some industry the general public needs, which usually results in price gouging and/or supply control tactics. Where do you see this happening with Google?
They are, at the moment, not in a position where they define costs, yet one could discuss the whole advertising matter in from that point of view, yet they own a monopoly in search engine use… and hence have a powerful data basis uncompared by other companies even through time, that grants them a hell lot of power… especially now that even embedded systems begin to rely completely on Google, not to mention the quadrillion ‘free’ applications Google made so far.
Andriod: Doesn’t look to me like Google is really all that much of a monoply here.
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No, not in that particular space, but it is again a place where they can put their stuff into. Do you remember a time when Micrisoft had to face monopilists penalties for adding a search bar to the task bar? (I think that was is, either that or an address bar) So, where is the difference? From what i have seen using Android there is no way of changing it from google to (perhaps) Altavista or Yahoo…
Chrome: Hmm, a free, public, open-source project to address the shortfalls of the incumbent players.
And thats wrong. Chrome is a closed source application with possible (havent checked that one out so far) spyware potential. Chromium is open source, yes, but only as it is the basis for Chrome.
Google Earth: Have you tried to get this kind of information from Garmin, DeLorme or Magellan? They charge hundreds of dollars just for the basic stuff. And you have to pay again every time you need updates. Google Earth is FREE to begin with and is updated for FREE. You can buy larger packages, but unless you are a company that needs it… (Analogous to buying a RedHat Enterprise Linux license?) And where else can a user like you or me take our recorded GPS data and overlay it onto a system of satellite imagery that anyone in the world can access for free? Where else can anyone develop applications that run against the largest and most detailed database of geographic data available for FREE? Google has invested millions of dollars into a system and given it to you for free. Do explain where the monopoly is.
Yes, i tried and i failed for the companies you mention. From my field of work i have to rely some times on quite some good map material, especially high resolution images are very important…
For simple map stuff i use http://www.openstreetmap.org/ which has some nice licence anyway, for detailed satellite or heightmap data there is always the NASA repository to check out, and if i really need pics with the resolution of Google’s Spycams i take airpictures you can normally get at every land register (is that the right word for “Kataster”?) and most of the time for free. I know its a bit more work, but i prefer it to Google Earth/Maps
And what is it you dislike about a company that takes a fledgling technology and pours gobs of resources into it?
Nothing. All i want is to be sure about the companies plans…
Have you talked to anyone in a scientific field who needs massive processing power to do complex modeling and can buy that from Google almost as a commodity rather than spending millions of dollars to build it themselves?
What scientific field might that be? I have, honestly, never heard that google is doing such a thing. Till now i thought that only IBM and other would do such things. That sounds interestering and totally unGooglelike too…