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Google losing to edge?

Microsoft threw in the towel and built a chromium browser. What am I missing? Last I read, the gain and market share by edge was matched by the drop in market share by Firefox.
The thing about chromium is that it is, well, not visible part of browser.
What is important about Edge is that its visible part of browser and that it is controlled wholly by Microsoft.
They can do whatever they want with it, even a banner that nags to use Bing as default search engine whenever someone uses Google.

Ms is pushing Edge hard.
Most recent versions of windows (even win 7) have it being installed without user prompt.
And they get good press for some features.

If all new windows computers will go with Edge pre installed they'll probably point to Bing, too.
That probably is what this is all about.
Bing is $6 billion a year business for microsoft at the moment.

How many people are non tech-savvy enough and will keep the default browser and default search on their machines?
Also note that this situation is 0-sum game. Each person using Bing and Edge is one person less for Google.

It's repeat of history. MS was installing Internet Explorer by default and kicked Netscape out of market in around '95. They've got antitrust case by US gov that ended in basically nothing threatening.
I can almost bet that Google will try to file antitrust complaint.
 

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The thing about chromium is that it is, well, not visible part of browser.
What is important about Edge is that its visible part of browser and that it is controlled wholly by Microsoft.
They can do whatever they want with it, even a banner that nags to use Bing as default search engine whenever someone uses Google.

Ms is pushing Edge hard.
Most recent versions of windows (even win 7) have it being installed without user prompt.
And they get good press for some features.

If all new windows computers will go with Edge pre installed they'll probably point to Bing, too.
That probably is what this is all about.
Bing is $6 billion a year business for microsoft at the moment.

How many people are non tech-savvy enough and will keep the default browser and default search on their machines?
Also note that this situation is 0-sum game. Each person using Bing and Edge is one person less for Google.

It's repeat of history. MS was installing Internet Explorer by default and kicked Netscape out of market in around '95. They've got antitrust case by US gov that ended in basically nothing threatening.
I can almost bet that Google will try to file antitrust complaint.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Google is always looking for new places to put ads. Microsoft is always looking for new ways to switch people's browsers (or force them to use MS Office products...).

Now Google is facing anti trust issues here in the US.


And Apple wants to make a search engine...


Funny/Not funny that I am sharing that Forbes story on Google amp, which means you don't even have to visit Forbes.com to see Forbes content.
 

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Now Google is facing anti trust issues here in the US.
No wonder, but i don't believe anything will change (like in true words in your post)

There was case against Google shopping listing in Europe. Google lost in court but found a way to do its own thing anyway.

And Apple wants to make a search engine...
Didn't know that. If Apple and Microsoft will force their own search engines on users then i can see google being ripped apart. That's just an educated guess but i don't think google could handle loss of ,say, third of its revenue.
They would be left with just Android b/c that's only thing they control now.

There was once a interview with Jeff Bezos, when he said "Most big companies are big for about 30 years rather than centuries and then they fade out." (not a exact quote but gist of it).

It was reflection on what can happen to Amazon since they were crossing 25'th year.
Google being 22y.o. is also approaching this number.
 

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Weeeeeh! New lockdown incoming. And you know what that means? Probably no shipping to the US, again. Alright. Better get things going for the European market.
The timing couldn't be better. When people sit at home and don't spend their money on vacations, beauty salons, concerts and restaurants, they have time and cash to buy my stuff. Pretty excited for the future. One record month after the other.



Personally I don't give two f*cks about the lockdown. I even have a toilet paper subscription now.

Me after the first lockdown:

 
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And Apple wants to make a search engine...
Apple's search engine will only allow you to search Apple approved keywords, and will create it's own content to list under said keywords. Users will think it's better because Apple individually controls and adds to all the content you see. Then they'll charge you extra for the autofill feature saying that it makes the algorithms work too hard and you should use the algorithms in your brain instead.
And when you use the imagine search, the first imagines will always be some inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs about how having the highest standards or something.
 

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I have to get a permit from the home owners association to put a new roof on my home... My home... Not theirs...

I literally want to IMPROVE my property...

Nope, you need permission to do that. Turn in a form, pay them extortion money, and wait for their permission to make my house better.

That will never feel normal or ok to me. The majority of people just accept this or worse... advocate for this tyranny.

People did this... People thought this was a good idea. I mourn freedom.

The only real property in this country are us... Citizens. We are the property of the government.

The government owns, regulates and controls:

Our work
Our homes
Our transportation
Our money
Our children

I swear... Americans have f*cking stockholm syndrome.
 
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I have to get a permit from the home owners association to put a new roof on my home... My home... Not theirs...

I literally want to IMPROVE my property...

Nope, you need permission to do that. Turn in a form, pay them extortion money, and wait for their permission to make my house better.

That will never feel normal or ok to me. The majority of people just accept this or worse... advocate for this tyranny.

People did this... People thought this was a good idea. I mourn freedom.

The only real property in this country are us... Citizens. We are the property of the government.

The government owns, regulates and controls:

Our work
Our homes
Our transportation
Our money
Our children

I swear... Americans have f*cking stockholm syndrome.

I hate it SO much about living in an apartment. Everything has to be approved by someone else, the neighbors can complain about stupid stuff, you have rising expenses but nothing better in return, etc.

In general I hate living in a city and can't wait to move to the countryside. Why don't you move to a place where you own the house and the land without the HOA?
 

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I hate it SO much about living in an apartment. Everything has to be approved by someone else, the neighbors can complain about stupid stuff, you have rising expenses but nothing better in return, etc.

In general I hate living in a city and can't wait to move to the countryside. Why don't you move to a place where you own the house and the land without the HOA?

Impossible in America. You rent the land from the government. We are always beholden to our captor even though we vote on the warden.

Stockholm syndrome is the true pandemic.

Instead of making money through mutual exchange, like every other business, the government steals its money with violence.

Make no mistake... Not letting me simply reroof my own f*cking home without a shakedown, is an act of violence.
 
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I have to get a permit from the home owners association to put a new roof on my home... My home... Not theirs...

I literally want to IMPROVE my property...

Nope, you need permission to do that. Turn in a form, pay them extortion money, and wait for their permission to make my house better.

That will never feel normal or ok to me. The majority of people just accept this or worse... advocate for this tyranny.

People did this... People thought this was a good idea. I mourn freedom.

The only real property in this country are us... Citizens. We are the property of the government.

The government owns, regulates and controls:

Our work
Our homes
Our transportation
Our money
Our children

I swear... Americans have f*cking stockholm syndrome.
Something along those lines happened to my father-in-law's neighbor. He owed like $50 for a violation that he wouldn't pay and they said he couldn't fix his house when it needed repairs. Took them to court and HOA loss and cost them a few thousands. He says the HOA doesn't really bother too many people with small stuff now haha.
 

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Something along those lines happened to my father-in-law's neighbor. He owed like $50 for a violation that he wouldn't pay and they said he couldn't fix his house when it needed repairs. Took them to court and HOA loss and cost them a few thousands. He says the HOA doesn't really bother too many people with small stuff now haha.

Don't give me ideas! Lol!
 

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Don't give me ideas! Lol!
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When I read it I instantly thought you could be the type to do it. I think he got them to initiate it by going ahead with the repairs. They tried to put a lien on his house and that is when they went to court. Judge pretty much said you cannot restrict someone from fixing their damaged property (conservative parish in Louisiana)
 

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Impossible in America. You rent the land from the government. We are always beholden to our captor even though we vote on the warden.

Stockholm syndrome is the true pandemic.

Instead of making money through mutual exchange, like every other business, the government steals its money with violence.

Make no mistake... Not letting me simply reroof my own f*cking home without a shakedown, is an act of violence.
It’s true. Property tax sucks, you never truly own what you paid for. But at least once the mortgage is paid off (or if you never had one), your costs are significantly lower.

It’s really strange that a VAT tax was ever considered constitutional. IMO it directly violates your “right to [your] property.”

And where I live, politicians are constantly talking about how they will NOT raise property taxes, ever! But it’s a bunch of bulls**t because they just raise your appraisal as high as possible. Every year you have to send in a protest with comparisons, otherwise your appraisal can go up as high as 100% - effectively doubling your taxes in one year.

That’s my biggest complaint about the state of Texas.

I’ve literally seen them raise appraisals more than 100% in one year, for no apparent reason, with adjacent property values hardly changing. Mailing in a protest is super important.
 

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Louisiana is trying to add the "potential " for an oil or gas well/ mineral rights to add to the appraisal cost of the land and home. So if I do not even own the minerals you can still increase my taxes? Hell no! I hope people voted correctly on this.
 

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Impossible in America. You rent the land from the government. We are always beholden to our captor even though we vote on the warden.

Well at least you'd be more free without the HOA controlling you. As for renting the land from the government, it's almost the entire world.

Perhaps instead of PR it's time to consider countries from this list:

 

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Louisiana is trying to add the "potential " for an oil or gas well/ mineral rights to add to the appraisal cost of the land and home. So if I do not even own the minerals you can still increase my taxes? Hell no! I hope people voted correctly on this.
That’s crazy, especially if you’ve never had an oil or gas lease on the land. The value in the minerals is adding nothing to your life.
 

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Regardless of your political persuasion, & regardless of the outcome, there will unfortunately very likely be violence all over the country next week (& after) due to the election. Please plan accordingly & be extra cautious.
 

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It is all theater. I'm convinced.

I can just imagine Trump and Joe calling each other on the phone and discussing how long to drag out these election arguments before "the plan" kicks in to place. The fight has to look good enough so the sheep think their "freedom" was fought for.

What shocks me is the resistance by pretty much everyone to the concept of splitting the country up. Let conservatives be governed by conservatives and let liberals be governed by liberals. I feel like that is a recepie for a far more enjoyable system for everyone. Then they are free to argue what kind of conservative and liberal policies they each desire instead of being blocked by one another.

But alas. We are cattle on a tax farm. They "give" us just enough "freedom" (is it freedom if you have to ask permission?) to avoid free thinking and eventual revolt.

It is honestly a smart business plan for the mafia governments that control the earth. The only thing that legitimizes their existence is us cattle.

If you are disappointed by the election... I encourage you to set yourself free. Live to improve your condition. You have FAR more control over that than the political system.
 

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What shocks me is the resistance by pretty much everyone to the concept of splitting the country up.
Yeah, what's shocking to me is your shock. I mean, we literally fought a war to prevent this. Plus, you know, our name is excellent branding.

Besides, every state has libs and cons, so how do you actually propose to split this? The most red states are usually the poorest and least populous states. How would that work?

Out of respect I'm trying to keep an open mind here, but I'm shocked that you think this is a good idea.
 

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I’m just wondering why does there have to be two parties? Why a red versus blue?
Shouldn’t we work together to discuss and approve an idea without any regards to whether a person is from party A or party B? Right now it seems like, oh this person is from party B or party A, and I’m affiliated with the opposite party, therefor I’m not going to vote for their idea.

Screw parties and think for yourselves, what you think is good or bad.
 

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I mean, we literally fought a war to prevent this.
Exactly... Why? Why didn't they just let it happen? It was what the country naturally wanted. Europe is composed of smaller and economically diverse nations. It works fine.

Forcing conservative beliefs on liberals? Forcing liberal beliefs on conservatives? Governing this many diverse and different people under an ideology that only half agree with and swapping it back and forth every so many years isn't making anyone happy.

The question isn't: "why would I think this was a good idea?" The real question should be: "how could it not be better than what we have?"

Besides, every state has libs and cons, so how do you actually propose to split this?
I don't actually propose. Thus my last paragraph. We have no control over this, so my real suggestion was to improve your own condition, as an individual. My ideal suggestion just makes that easier.

That said, the swing states would be the most difficult, obviously, they would need to be broken up even further.

Remember, record numbers of people are moving for politically motivated reasons. Why not allow them MORE bang for their buck? What if there was something for everyone?

What if instead of moving from one state (with today's borders) to another, they could get their desired political environment by moving to the other side of their city? Imagine that!

This would require a level of diplomatic cooperation that is part of their competition with other governments. Free travel would be a right either upheld or damaging to their own nation. They would play ball.

The most red states are usually the poorest and least populous states. How would that work?
Not really true, they are better run fiscally on average. Low population states like Wyoming do just fine. They are just rural and are part of the economy in a rural way. My proposal doesn't preclude trade. Irrespective of this they would have to make due on their own, like other small countries in the world do.

Out of respect I'm trying to keep an open mind here, but I'm shocked that you think this is a good idea.
Oh please, you're not shocked. You get your jollies off on arguing with me. Admit it. You always view me as unreasonable. Which is fine! And we would likely live in different countries haha.

Idealistic? Yes. Unlikely? Of course!

Unreasonable? What is more unreasonable? A system in which the "winner," no matter who wins, doesn't even come close to representing "The Nation." Where HALF of Americans feel totally ignored.

Or...

Allowing more Americans to be governed by policies they are more likely to agree with. Allowing them to move for political reasons and actually get a real difference.

I think that is FAR more humane to citizens no matter what their beliefs.

The smaller the nations, the more choice we have in the matter of where we choose to live and by what laws. Eventually the smaller nations would be competing for the best and brightest which would be incredibly good for the citizens.

We should stop forcing chocolate or vanilla on everyone... Give the people Baskin Robbins. 31 flavors baby!

What if EVERYONE was more politically satisfied with where they lived? What if everyone had the option to dramatically change the laws they had to abide by?

To me, it really is a shame that outside the box thinking is lost on the world. "It is too different, so I don't like it."
 
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Guys, I need some advice.

There's an iconic condo being built in Toronto. The day the renders and plans were revealed, I knew this was a "dream" purchase.

Fast forward two years, construction has started and is expected to complete by May 2023.

My issue was with the deposit structure. They wanted 25% in 1 year. So, I decided to email the owner of the development company. To my surprise, he actually responded. I explained to him that I'm this 26 year old, self made entrepreneur, have a similar story to his teenage years, etc. and I told him if he would consider a monthly deposit plan. He said he would be glad to help. I sent him a proposal, he accepted. This all feels like a dream because this is the type of building that has $18m suites that have already sold and there is no reason for them to even consider a ridiculous deposit structure. So I'm still in shock but I need your advice.

The unit costs $2.8m, I can it get for $10k/month until May 2023 with an additional 10% due on occupancy (this was my proposal).

Do I pull the trigger? In a way, I'm "saving" money, aren't I? I also feel like this building, once built, will have ridiculously high resale values. If I can keep up with the payments and the final $280k at occupancy, I think I'll get an insane ROI.

I'm just having second thoughts now... not sure why. I kinda don't want to let the owner down as that will completely tarnish my reputation to him. I actually want to ask him to mentor me down the road as my end goal in life is to become a developer. But at the same time, I don't want to make a bad mistake.

Any advice?
Seeing this late. I would pass. You are talking about putting up $700k as a deposit. What if the building goes under and is never built? You're money is gone.

I’ve bought new construction and have never put up more than $10-$15k.

Too risky for me. What are projected HOA and taxes going to be?
 

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I’m just wondering why does there have to be two parties? Why a red versus blue?

Because its a powerful tool to divide and confuse the masses. To hide the real root cause of our economic problems and to hide the solution. It’s perfect because it keeps the scam going for a long time.

You will never find truth in a college economics textbook and never on cable news network. It’s a stinky system that needs to be tossed into the vortex of a flushed toilet.
 

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Exactly... Why? Why didn't they just let it happen? It was what the country naturally wanted.
No. It wasn't what the country wanted. It's what a minority of the country wanted.
Europe is composed of smaller and economically diverse nations. It works fine.
That's a super idealistic view of European history. I've lost track of how many times these smaller economically diverse nations went to war.
What if instead of moving from one state (with today's borders) to another, they could get their desired political environment by moving to the other side of their city? Imagine that!
Separate nations, sharing cities, and open borders. What could possibly go wrong? Who needs a wall with proposals like these?
Oh please, you get your jollies off on arguing with me. Admit it.
I enjoy going back and forth, absolutely. And to your face I'd day this is a dumb idea. You're off your rocker. Again. :rofl:

But on the forum, I'd rather strike a more civil tone. People take me too seriously in print. I'm keenly aware this isn't just you and me talking here.
You always view me as unreasonable.
If that were true, I wouldn't enjoy our talks.

But I'd say this is one of your less thought out, less reasoned ideas.
And we would likely live in different countries haha.
I'm not so sure about that. You do want to move to PR, for example.

Exactly... Why? Why didn't they just let it happen? It was what the country naturally wanted. Europe is composed of smaller and economically diverse nations. It works fine.

Forcing conservative beliefs on liberals? Forcing liberal beliefs on conservatives? Governing this many diverse and different people under an ideology that only half agree with and swapping it back and forth every so many years isn't making anyone happy.

The question isn't: "why would I think this was a good idea?" The real question should be: "how could it not be better than what we have?"


I don't actually propose. Thus my last paragraph. We have no control over this, so my real suggestion was to improve your own condition, as an individual. My ideal suggestion just makes that easier.

That said, the swing states would be the most difficult, obviously, they would need to be broken up even further.

Remember, record numbers of people are moving for politically motivated reasons. Why not allow them MORE bang for their buck? What if there was something for everyone?

What if instead of moving from one state (with today's borders) to another, they could get their desired political environment by moving to the other side of their city? Imagine that!

This would require a level of diplomatic cooperation that is part of their competition with other governments. Free travel would be a right either upheld or damaging to their own nation. They would play ball.


Not really true, they are better run fiscally on average. Low population states like Wyoming do just fine. They are just rural and are part of the economy in a rural way. My proposal doesn't preclude trade. Irrespective of this they would have to make due on their own, like other small countries in the world do.


Oh please, you're not shocked. You get your jollies off on arguing with me. Admit it. You always view me as unreasonable. Which is fine! And we would likely live in different countries haha.

Idealistic? Yes. Unlikely? Of course!

Unreasonable? What is more unreasonable? The "winner," no matter who wins, doesn't even come close to representing "The Nation." Where HALF of Americans feel totally ignored?

Or...

Allowing more Americans to be governed by policies they are more likely to agree with? Allowing them to move for political reasons and actually get a real difference? I think that is FAR more humane to citizens no matter what their beliefs.

The smaller the nations, the more choice we have in the matter of where we choose to live and by what laws. Eventually the smaller nations would be competing for the best and brightest which would be incredibly good for the citizens.

We should stop forcing chocolate or vanilla on everyone... Give the people Baskin Robbins. 31 flavors baby!

What if EVERYONE was more politically satisfied with where they lived? What if everyone had the option to dramatically change the laws they had to abide by?

To me, it really is a shame that outside the box thinking is lost on the world.

Add for the rest of this nonsense, I'll leave it at agree to disagree. I like living in a large nation and I'll always argue against anyone attempting to divide it. Just today, you are the fifth person I've seen suggest it. All independent of each other. I've questioned it each time. So I don't think the idea is as far fetched as you say.

Every so often I hear about this state or that one discussing secession. I chalk it up to a yahoo or two in the legislature and a lot of media hype.

But that's how every revolution starts. A yahoo or two and some really good marketing spin. Anyhoo...

I do think power is way too centralized in Washington, I would like to see the states have greater autonomy. But nothing close to them being actually autonomous.

That's just crazy talk.
Or is it genius?
 

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Rant deleted. Whatever I write, it could be interpreted as against the law or as a threat.

All hail to the government. All hail. May you forever halt all business, don't do your job anymore, and still expect us to pay taxes.

I'm wasting my time here. The applications don't get processed, and I can't get market feedback. This business goes into the drawer. I have to reconsider my options.
 
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Seeing this late. I would pass. You are talking about putting up $700k as a deposit. What if the building goes under and is never built? You're money is gone.

I’ve bought new construction and have never put up more than $10-$15k.

Too risky for me. What are projected HOA and taxes going to be?
About $1300/month maintenance fees (HOA) and $1800/month taxes.

I do have another one that I purchased for $1.2m. Being built in about 4-5 years. So far I've put down about $180k in deposits. Another $60k to go for a total deposit of $240k. This one is right beside one of the major hospitals in Toronto and has a 2 year rental guarantee (~$6000/month for 2 years). So I think it's a much better investment.

The one for $2.8m in my opinion is more of a lifestyle building, than it is an investment. I doubt families will purchase a unit when they can get a detached for the same value in or around the same area. But I honestly think it was one heck of a good deal for $10k/month... albeit risky.
 

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The most red states are usually the poorest and least populous states.
This is probably the worst take I’ve ever read on this forum. It’s the classic liberal elitist view.
States start out with liberty in mind, grow prosperous, THEN become left wing. Not the other way around. Look at other countries and read a damn history book. I like your posts about business but this post of yours is absolute trash.

The economic ideology of the right creates prosperity. The economic ideology of the left takes over AFTER prosperity has already happened.

Your comment is arrogant, out of touch, and frankly, wrong.
 
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