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Amazon To Lose $10 Per Kindle Fire

Achoi77 Loss leader pricing strategy (181 comments)

I don't see this as being any different as Sony or MS trying to push out their gaming consoles at a loss - just business as usual. Amazon's true advantage over direct hardware manufacturers is that they can afford to risk gambling with loss leaders while direct manufacturers like ASUS and Archos cannot. Sure, they may probably make less profit, but the opportunity to gain marketshare is too great to ignore - which is the point: to get _everybody_ to use amazon's services.

more than 2 years ago

Google Releases Stable Version of Chrome 10

Achoi77 Re:Awesome! (169 comments)

What game may I ask? I fire up all Chrome all the time on my second monitor when I'm playing some WoW to look up misc wow-related things (wow gem finder, wowhead, ej, etc). Never had it crash.

more than 3 years ago

Google Unveils Beta Chrome OS Notebook

Achoi77 Re:Wait, that's not right... (140 comments)

Does this mean the laptop will be pulling in updates more than twice a day in order to squash bugs/improve performance?
At least the OS will be up-to-date...

more than 3 years ago

Apple's Game Center Shares Your Real Name

Achoi77 not quite like Blizzard (182 comments)

I figured Apple's intention is to thwart spammers; if you were able to recognize the real name of your buddy you were more likely accept the invitation rather than someone with a username like "THISISNOTVIAGRASPAM." Playing the whole social angle.

What Blizzard was intending was different. They wanted to put paper trail on all users on a publicly viewable form, in the interest of minimizing trolls and thus improving the quality of posts on their forums - to 'shame' the trolls from posting mindless drivel. Yeah, that didn't work out too well.

more than 3 years ago

First Human-Powered Ornithopter

Achoi77 Re:Why Still Pursuing This? (250 comments)

Also because it's a 0/2 flying artifact for 0 colorless mana.

more than 3 years ago

Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform?

Achoi77 Re:iFail (531 comments)

They're just desperate to find SOMETHING it'd good for.

Up untill you read a future article about the millionaire developer that made his riches making the first Whoopee Cushion iPad app.

more than 4 years ago

Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform?

Achoi77 Re:Sure thing (531 comments)

Heh, the first thing I was thinking of was "$750" and not "$7.50"

Guess I know a lot of boardgamers

more than 4 years ago

Freeciv As Benchmark of HTML5 Canvas Javascript Performance

Achoi77 Re:IE8 performs awesome, as usual (246 comments)

Man, I should have read the article. FTFA:

Note that the implementation for Internet Explorer 8 does not use the HTML5 canvas element, because this isn't supported. implements a canvas-replacement using DHTML and divs with clipped background-images. Therefore the test results are not directly comparable with the other web browsers.

That's what I get for not reading the article :-(

more than 4 years ago

Freeciv As Benchmark of HTML5 Canvas Javascript Performance

Achoi77 Re:IE8 performs awesome, as usual (246 comments)

IE should not have even been tested - it does not support HTML5 canvas elements!

Indeed it doesn't. A lot of the hacks involved to get IE to support canvas is merely an emulation of canvas using VML.

I've experimented with a bunch of sprite based animation stuff on canvas, and have seen similarly terribly poor results on a bunch of versions of IE using the code google wrote. (I'm assuming their benchmark is regarding the rendering sequence) Might as well create <image> tags, and animate the image tags with some style manipulation using js, because functionally what the hacks are doing to make canvas work on IE. (This is not regarding tricks to speed up the rendering, such as recycling DOM elements, which is cheaper than creating new DOM elements *shrug*)

more than 4 years ago

The Real-World State of Windows Use

Achoi77 The problem with vista (374 comments)

It is impossible to do the most basic operations like:

  • Move a file over from one folder to another
  • Copy a file from one computer to another over the network
  • Cancel a file operation

I had an install of World of Warcraft on my desktop computer. I pick up a new laptop, I figure it would be faster to copy the WoW install I have on my desktop to over to the laptop over the network. After about an hour of "calculating time" - I tried to cancel the operation. Frustrated at the length of time it took to simply cancel a file, I literally pulled the plug on both machines and powered them back up.

After that I went to the Blizzard website on my laptop to download the client from there. And as for the add-ons, I zipped them up and mailed them to myself as an attachment, in order to save time.

Both the laptop and desktop have Vista on it (came with the computer).

Considering that companies usually have a central file server somewhere, imagine business workers trying to do basic file IO stuff, like copy word docs, spreadsheet files, or large .psd files from the Design Department.

As long as you never have to manage files on your computer, and you have gobs of ram, Vista is a nice OS. If not, it's better to wait for an alternative. I've preordered my copies of 7 a few months back, and I can't wait for the goddamn day I get rid of this POS operation system.

Then I can start streaming my music over the network to any machine in the house, once again.

about 5 years ago

Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or

Achoi77 Re:Are there any plans to revamp Parental Controls (520 comments)

It's a rare drop, sure. The catch is that you have to have your profession skill up a certain level before it's even visible. My engineering is at 450 and I saw it drop once, but I lost the roll to my guildmate, who chose Herbalism and has skill level of 450 for picking flowers. :-(

about 5 years ago

BlizzCon Keynote — New WoW Expansion, Diablo 3 Details

Achoi77 Re:Troll Druids?! (316 comments)

it's a reference to the Draenai - an alliance race that was introduced in the first expansion.

about 5 years ago

WebGL Standard To Bring 3D Acceleration To Browsers?

Achoi77 Re:Exploits for the future (239 comments)

Yeah... it would be real nice if the general public had access to the source code in some kind of Open fashion regards to browsers such as Firefox or Webkit/Safari/Chrome so that stuff like exploits can be patched, making it would be possible to have tons of eyeballs pore over the code and be able to submit fixes on behalf of the community, or point out bad stuff that perhaps some other developers may have missed.

That would be cool.

more than 5 years ago

New Chrome Beta Adds Themes, Speed, & HTML 5 Video

Achoi77 Re:NoScript and Adblock (207 comments)

the ff addons that I find to be the biggest culprit for memory leaks are Webdeveloper and Firebug.

more than 5 years ago

StarCraft II Delayed Until 2010

Achoi77 Re:shocked, just shocked (453 comments)

The christmas rush is a profit gimmick - the games with the most (advertising) visibility generally would get the most cash - this is regardless of the quality of the game.

Blizzard doesn't really play by the marketing rules. Warcraft 3 was released in June '02. Diablo 2 also in June 2000. The first Starcraft was released at the end of March '98.

I would say that those properties have done pretty well on their own without the help of any holiday season shopping boost.

more than 5 years ago

Google Open Sources Wave Protocol Implementation

Achoi77 Re:My feelings on Wave (183 comments)

Why is Google spoiling good concepts by tying them to the browser exclusively? They just need to develop for the three major platforms, Windows, Linux and OS X.

Perhaps the team doesn't want to have to constantly maintain 3 seperate codebases for the same app whenever an OS goes thru a major revision.

Or perhaps because they want users to use it "right now" instead of having them go thru the install process considering almost every machine has a browser on it.

more than 5 years ago

China Bans Gold Farming

Achoi77 Re:Hundred Millions or Hundred Thousands? (293 comments)

Rebel Farmer: The more you tighten your' grip, the more Star Systems will slip through your' fingers

Chinese Govt: Not after we demonstrate the power of this station. In a way, you have determined the choice of the planet that will be destroyed first. Since you are reluctant to provide us with the location of the rebel base, I have chosen to test this station's destructive power on the World of Warcraft.

Rebel Farmer: No! Warcraft is peaceful, we have no weapons you can't possibly-

Chinese Govt: You will provide another target - a military target? The name the system! I grow tired of asking this, so it will be the last time. Where is the rebel base?

Rebel Farmer: ...Runescape. They're on Runescape.

Chinese Govt: There! You see Lord British she can be reasonable. Continue with the operation, you may fire when ready.

Rebel Farmer: WHAT?!

Chinese Govt: You're far too trusting. Runescape is too remote to make an effective demonstration but don't worry - we will deal with your rebel friends soon enough.

Rebel Farmer: noo..

more than 5 years ago

Reading the New York Times On a Kindle 2

Achoi77 Re:Propietary Format (193 comments)

the kindle supports .txt files.

When you plug it in via USB, the computer detects it like a harddrive. Just drag the files in and you're done.

You can even view images on it, just create a folder and place your images in there, the kindle lists the folder amongst the list of books, like an album. Hit the next/prev to go thru the images as you please. I've been using this to read some manga on the bus.

more than 5 years ago

Norwegian Websites Declare War On IE 6

Achoi77 Re:About Time! (349 comments)

I have a copy of IE6 and I'll never give it up. I need it for testing IE6 bugs.

Ditto for me. I fire up Virtual PC with an instance of XP with IE 6 (and an older version of FF for the hell of it). That way it can do it's worst and I'll just shut it down. Saves me a lot of grief.

As an aside, IE6 needs to die in a fire. Especially concerning the png alpha-transparency issue.

more than 5 years ago


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