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Thread: Google Has Fun With Numbers
07-04-2011, 03:36 PM #1
Google Has Fun With Numbers
Google may not have won a share of Nortel's patent library last week, but they probably had the most fun placing bids during the auction.
Google, following their initial stalking horse bid, put forth the following bids of:
- $3.14159 billion
For the blessed few out there smart enough understand the two numbers before the Pi reference, Google used Brun's constant, and Meisel-Mertens constant as bids. Obviously these mathematical numerals were scaled up into the billions, but it is a little concerning for Android developers that Google was bidding almost carelessly on possibly the most valuable set of patents in the telecom industry.
I'm not sure exactly why Google would do this, Reuters is reporting sources said "Either they were supremely confident or they were bored." I'm going to go with confident. But, that confidence let them get outbid by a consortium with much more standing cash to spend than Google. The result, Google loses out on a collection patents that could have positioned them in a seat of power in the mobile computing and communications world. Also, they look like grade-A bags of douche.
07-04-2011, 03:43 PM #2
I'm disappointed with the lack of euler's constant. Maybe it's time for me to mail in my gmail subscription.
07-04-2011, 04:36 PM #3
Why the Google hate Phillip? Very un-professional.
07-04-2011, 04:41 PM #4
Google were willing to spend over $3 Billion for the patents and not share them and apparently also decided to make their bids quirky. Get over it Phil.
Instead these patents will be years getting resolved between the "consortium" and very little progress will be made with the tech behind the patents.
Last edited by feidhlim1986; 07-04-2011 at 04:46 PM.
07-04-2011, 05:01 PM #5
Everyone is guilty of d-baggery SOMETIMES, but it's what they do the other 95% of the time that speaks tenament to what they represent as a whole. I for one like the refreshing honesty Phil, keep em comin.
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07-04-2011, 05:31 PM #6
Great, leave it to Phil to bash on Google. Your probably the worst "writer" on mmi. Im sure Google was just having fun. The other companies had no choice but to combine their money in order to outbid Google. It's the same with Skype, look how much money Microsoft had to pay so Google wouldn't get it which i don't think they really needed it since they have their own service. Now we will see the companies fighting over which one gets which patent. Google just likes to have fun, like they do here lol Google Maps, search for directions between "Taiwan" and "China" and see the 23rd step xD
07-04-2011, 07:00 PM #7
Well I think Google are smart, because they put a bid in as not to look like they don't completely care to the investors and such but at the same time they aren't relying on the innovation of another company but on their own innovation. I mean they've come this far on their own to be one of the world leaders of communication technology, so why buy some other companies patents that are now bankrupt and waste 3billion in coin when that would buy tonnes of R&D in tech that won't take 10 years to actually surface and by that time be obsolete!
Just my 2c.
07-04-2011, 07:42 PM #8
Great story Phil that was quirky of google to bid that way
07-04-2011, 08:34 PM #9
Google had a maximum spending money of $3.5bn for the bid, the final bid was $4.2bn, now I don't think it would of mattered if they bid $3.14159bn or $3.5bn as they were outbid either way.
07-04-2011, 09:14 PM #10
07-04-2011, 09:25 PM #11
Why the Phillip hate Spaz?
Remember everybody, don't speak Ill of Google! If you do, it might upset Painkiller and get you insulted.
Last edited by SwatPac; 07-04-2011 at 09:36 PM.When Is The Apple iCar Coming Out? I Want One!
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07-05-2011, 07:01 AM #16
Originally Posted by SwatPac
07-05-2011, 07:13 AM #17
What possible benefit to the article could have been hopes for by adding that last sentence to the article?
If we can't say something towards another member of the site, then I see no reason such a comment should be included in a news article written by a staff writer.
07-05-2011, 07:23 AM #18
Don't like what Phil writes? Then don't read it. Check out who wrote a story, if Phils name is on it move on. You guys are treating MMI like it's the WSJ or NYT..... really? GIve it a rest and move on with your life.
Any time you write a story and can throw the word douche in, I'm all for it. ^^^^^ Google is not a member of MMI so.......... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6cxNR9ML8k
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07-05-2011, 01:05 PM #19
I should not have to censor what articles I read on this site based upon who wrote it. These are to be informative articles rather than OpEd pieces and therefore we should not be subjected to such nonsense as calling a multibillion dollar company "a bag of douche."
At least Messany has class in his ten million Verizon articles.
07-05-2011, 02:20 PM #20
It was simply to drive the prices of the bids up and annoy their competitors. Big companies do this in auctions all the time.