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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Nom du Keyboard The Next Question (171 comments)

The next question to answer is: Can Heartbleed compromise True Crypt?

3 days ago
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

Nom du Keyboard Maybe Not So Good For Apple (219 comments)

Apple claims that Samsung hurts the market for iPhones.
B.S.!
If you want IOS and the Apple App Store you have to buy an iPhone today every bit as much as you ever had to do so.
The Samsung phone is a different creature in a different environment.
Apple couldn't even make enough smartphones to supply the whole world provided that the did have a monopoly on them.
Aside from the fact that Apple never should have been granted these patents, I mean really, how long before Samsung -- who still supplies a lot of the iPhone and iPad components because nobody else can -- announces a sudden price increase that more than pays for this judgement out of Apple's own pockets?
I hope real soon.
And I'm left to wonder if this is taxable income in the USA for the famously tax-avoiding Apple? If not, then they just laundered a giga-buck into the good 'ol USA.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

Nom du Keyboard Re:Really? (276 comments)

You may think that you're an AC, but the NSA likely knows who you are.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

Nom du Keyboard Cost of Minting -- Fascinating (276 comments)

I find it fascinating that as the cost of minting BCs in terms of compute cycles goes up, so does their value relative to the dollar. Is that behavior by design?

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

Nom du Keyboard Re:Real reason is due to Swiss Banks (276 comments)

Any rise in the value of BitCoins is probably because it's the only way to keep anonymous funds now that the Swiss banks are no longer keeping records confidential.

The flaw in your argument is that the government doesn't have to track every BitCoin. They only have to worm their way into the far less numerous exchanges where you turn your BC to fully usable currencies and demand that they require full identification and keep records of every transaction. Tax problem solved --- and you know that what they're working on exactly that step by step.
 

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

Nom du Keyboard Re: Really? (276 comments)

And you must be an envious, wannabe American.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

Nom du Keyboard Re:Posting (276 comments)

Posting to undo accidental mod

Apparently your mod is as ephemeral as a BitCoin.

about 5 months ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

Nom du Keyboard Commodity, Not Money (276 comments)

In the truest sense BitCoin is commodity, not a currency. You can create, or buy, title to ownership of a piece of information that others have agreed to both recognize your ownership rights, and value it as well. It also, unlike every other currency today, is the ultimate Hard Currency because there is a hard upper limit on its creation. You can mine more gold for your gold backed currency, but the total number of BitCoins under the current rules (a most important distinction) has a hard cap.

It's also the ultimate fiat currency because although it took some effort -- or lucky guesses -- to create, it is not legal tender anywhere. It only has value between 2 people willing to agree on that value. Rather the Esperanto of money. But to try and turn it into a currency so that governments can regulate it under existing laws is absolute Fraud on their citizens.

Of course, when has that ever stopped politicians from "creating" new tax sources, which is the ultimate end of this exercise in case you hadn't realized that yet.

Everyone in government supporting this regulation fantasy should be voted out of office immediately -- although we all know that's never going to happen.

about 5 months ago
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GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

Nom du Keyboard Re:who cares (336 comments)

Since Adobe's moron move to the "Creative Cloud" (which may represent a state of mind among Adobe executives rather than a description of the system which is simply Software As A Service) thousands of photographers have been ditching PS. Corel's Paintshop Pro, while commercial software is less expensive than PS. Paintshop even does layers, 16 bit and CMYK output.

I have to question that. All previous DVD versions of CS thru CS6 continue to run as is with no additional money required. Only when you want new features beyond CS6 do you have to start with the Adobe monthly fee or move to an alternative. Like MSWord since probably Word 95, if not 6, PS has been so over-featured for most users that what more do you need that they haven't already thought of and included? So why would anyone dump an already paid-for program to learn a new one? My guess is that they're just not getting new users nearly as much as before.

The favorite boast I hear from many PS users with personal copies (when the company is paying the bill it's a whole different matter, of course) is who is using the oldest version of PS and is still completely happy with it. This week it was a PS5 (not CS5 -- PS5) user. Personally I used PS7 for a long time until I was given a copy of CS1, and am now only on CS3, where I will likely live for a good long while now.

about 5 months ago
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GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

Nom du Keyboard Re:So Brave (336 comments)

"Note: SourceForge and Slashdot share a corporate parent."

Then, have any of you (the editorial staff) thought to voice a complaint to your parent about being associated with what is widely considered a shady practice?

Posted again verbatim just in case they missed it the first time around. It is truly shady to pull this crap.

about 5 months ago
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GIMP, Citing Ad Policies, Moves to FTP Rather Than SourceForge Downloads

Nom du Keyboard Re:good move (336 comments)

Haven't been impressed by SourceForge's recent policy of late- especially when I unclick the 'free software' offers attached to each download, yet they install anyway!

Gee, that happens to you too? And here I was thinking that it was just Operator Error on my part.

about 5 months ago
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Social Fixer Falls Victim To Facebook Legal Threats

Nom du Keyboard Hate Mail to Facebook (194 comments)

Okay, where is the most effective place to send hate mail or equivalent to Facebook? As many of you know, FB is almost impossible to contact directly or actually speak with a live person despite them employing thousands of them. Even their telephone number only leads you to a number of different messages and voice mail boxes that appears to mostly be dead-end bit buckets.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

Nom du Keyboard Re:DD-WRT on Buffalo hardware (193 comments)

Seconded. I can give you plenty of reasons not to buy Linksys, or Cisco, or NetGear, or D-Link. I can give you 0 reasons not to buy Buffalo ;-)

And I can give you one reason yes to buy Netgear. My new Wireless N-150 WNR1000 cost me $9.95 through my cable company.
Make that 2 reasons - It has run rock solid for ~3 years now on its standard firmware.
Point: Always look at the overall ROI.

about 6 months ago
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Group Attacks Bad Software Patents Before They're Approved

Nom du Keyboard Linux Itself (82 comments)

Hey, wouldn't Linux itself constitute prior art to patents that threaten it?

about 7 months ago
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U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

Nom du Keyboard Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

My kid ate one or your magnets and had to have his bowel removed is not necessarily a bogus claim.

You have to eat more than one to have the problem. A single one passes through without attracting itself to anything else.

And if you commonly let your kid near or play with dangerous items you are a totally ignorant crappy parent who ought take some personal responsibility for all of your failings instead of blaming other people for them.

about 8 months ago
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My SSID Is...

Nom du Keyboard My Name (458 comments)

My Name, so that if my neighbors are having a problem with it they know who to contact in order to resolve it.
Why would you want anything else?

about 8 months ago
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Rupert Murdoch Wants To Destroy Australia's National Broadband Network

Nom du Keyboard Re:Rupert Murdoch can die in a hole already. (327 comments)

Honestly, I'm sick of technological advances being blocked because it hurts someones bottom line.

How about the taxpayer's bottom line who are being forced to fund a Liberal agenda for 100mbps Internet, which while it's nice and good for bragging rights, still exceeds the capacity requirements by far of most home users?

about 8 months ago
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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

Nom du Keyboard Nothing Wrong With Scantily Clad Women (737 comments)

I find nothing wrong with scantily clad women and think better of them then of the wussified males made afraid to admit enjoying what a million years of evolution has created them to enjoy.
And I'm left to wonder if the women of today are really all that happy with those results either, given their actionable preferences for Bad Boys.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Prove an IT Manager Is Incompetent?

Nom du Keyboard The CFO is Incompetent (331 comments)

The answer is that the CFO is incompetent for having not already figured this out for himself.
They both need to go.

about 10 months ago
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"Dramatic Decline" Warning For Plants and Animals

Nom du Keyboard More Big Scare (696 comments)

More Big Scare tactics. These articles belong in the Science Fiction category so far. We don't know what's going to happen, we've never been there before, but we're assured that it's going to be bad and only by taking and transferring hundreds of billions of our tax dollars to someone else who is more Progressive than ourselves can we save us all.
HA! (because Slashdot won't let me type: bullshit)
Back in 1975 we were supposed to be freezing by now. Anyone remember that?
Take this with with an equal grain of properly salted password hashes.

about a year ago

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Apple's Tim Cook Avoids Millions in Federal and California Taxes

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Apple CEO Tim Cook has avoided paying taxes on $75 million in Apple dividends by asking the Apple board to have him not participate in dividend equivalents. Tim may not need the money, but the California and Federal treasuries could have sure used the extra cash. Is this fair of him to do, or is Apple still holding on to money this way that isn't properly taxed?"
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Nvidia Gives Up On Cheap Desktop GPGPU Processors

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  about 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "It appears that Nvidia is abandoning relatively cheap high-end GPGPU performance for the masses with the EOLing of their Fermi GF110 GTX 580 chip. The new GK104 Kepler GPU excels at graphics tasks, but is a dog at the gold standard of double precision floating point computation, unable to best even the previous generation GTX 580 chip,, let alone AMD's latest Tahiti HD 7970 GPGPU. While certainly Nvidia will soon announce a vastly more expensive workstation and supercomputer class GPGPU solution with undoubtedly a significant performance increase over their previous generation, it now seems like AMD is the only option in the market for the home user on a budget wanting major compute in addition to stellar graphics performance."
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Meet Paypal, the New Lord of Censorship

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "As explained here and here, Paypal has suddenly anointed themselves the new lord of censoring legal adult erotic content on the Internet. "On Saturday February 18, PayPal began threatening indie book publishers and distributors with immediate deactivation of the businesses’ accounts if they did not remove books containing certain sexual themes — namely, specific sexual fantasies that PayPal does not approve of." And while one high-minded author declares, "Most of the stuff on Smashwords is porn," it seems to be what many people like to purchase for private enjoyment. Or would like to purchase because without Paypal, it's hard to run any Internet business. Is this part of a deal Paypal is trying to cut with the feds to avoid being classified a bank?"
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Paypal Declares War on Legal Published Erotica

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "If you're doing business on the Internet you pretty much have to deal with Paypal for payments. Other alternatives are either more expensive, more limited, generally unsuitable, unavailable worldwide, or otherwise not able to meet the requirements for accepting payments over the Internet from pretty much everybody. And dealing with Paypal means dealing with their often arbitrary and capricious enforcement of vague and unseen policies. Now Paypal has suddenly declared war on legal published erotica and is demanding that an increasing number of individuals, as well as major eBook distributors, remove all titles that Paypal alone objects to, or lose their primary means of payment processing.. The Internet has just defeated SOPA and PIPA, but can it ever defeat the 900lb gorilla of Paypal? Note: It's unlikely that Paypal initiated this action completely on their own. They have always been more reactive than proactive, so where is this sudden new pressure to act coming from now? Enquiring Slashdotters would like to know."
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Slashdot Poll

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "How many incandescent light bulbs have you replaced in your house with fluorescent equivalents?

None – and never will.
1-2
3-5
6-10
10-20
>20
Waiting for LEDs/Light Bulb Next.
I use pre-incandescent lighting technology"
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Reason I most oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger:

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Reason I most oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: ..Less competition = higher prices ..AT&T will kill all the great T-Mobile price plans ..I moved to T-Mobile to get AWAY from AT&T ..Don't want to lose the hot T-Mobile girl ads ..I don't oppose the merger ..What merger? ..Other (specify)"
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Another Hit From Netflix

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "After their recent (up to) 60% price increase, and now losing Starz out of their streaming lineup early next year, Netflix is starting to ship deficient DVD's. I got The Adjustment Bureau from them on DVD. I've preferred DVD's ever since the DVD version of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story had nearly 20 more minutes of movie on it than the streaming version. But with The Adjustment Bureau, all of the bonus features (but not the movie previews) had been stripped out of the DVD and replaced with an ad encouraging the purchase of the retail DVD and/or BluRay version. And no warning on the Netflix page for this movie that this wasn't the full real DVD that they were shipping. What the heck? Is Netflix trying to commit corporate suicide? I'll probably spend a buck at Red Box just to see the bonus features for this film, and have a bad taste in my mouth over it regarding Netflix."
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Netflix to Inflict Huge 60% Price Increase on Subs

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "I just got notice that my current $9.99/month Unlimited DVDs (1-at-a-time) and Unlimited Streaming plan is now split. Now I must choose by September 1 between Unlimited DVDs (1-at-a-time) for $7.99/month (no streaming), or Unlimited Streaming for $7.99/month (no DVDs). Or I can have both – otherwise described as exactly what I have now – for only $15.98. This amounts to a 59.9% increase over my current plan. They must really believe that they have pricing power in this weak economy to try to get away with such a huge price increase since they would lose money from anyone who uses only one of their two services. So much for falling data transport prices making everything cheaper by the year."
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Slashdot Poll: Labor Unions?

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Labor Unions?
o A universal good.
o A qualified necessity.
o Generally fine, but not for me.
o Necessary once upon a time.
o Obsolete and damaging in today's world.
o I'm self-employed, you dolt.
o There's no union for the unemployed."
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How Apple Beat Microsoft

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Only a decade ago the idea of Apple topping Microsoft would have seemed impossible, yet one cannot deny their relative valuations today. But how was it done? A great analysis of just how: Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time it's enemy action shows how Apple's long-term strategy of cheap software may well win out over Microsoft's very opposite approach."
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AMD Bulldozer May Not Perform As Well As Anticipat

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "In Processor Whispers — About latencies and compilers Andreas Stiller opines on released information that AMD Bulldozer integer cores are less capable than their K10 predecessors. "The Bulldozer's integer core has only two instead of three ALUs (EX0, EX1). In exchange, it comes with slightly enhanced AGLUs (address generation logical units). Besides, the throughput specifications would draw attention to the fact that the Bulldozer's integer cores each have one pipeline less than the integer cores of its predecessor K10, although AMD boldly draws four pipelines into its block diagram – as the scheduler can now support the two ALUs (EX0 and EX1) and the two address generation units (AG0 and AG1) separately, whereas before these units were jointly operated by glued-together micro-operations. Still, this is no serious compensation for the three capable ALUs that the K10 and the competition's Sandy Bridge feature, as the two AGUs can only offer very limited aid – apparently, they can only participate in calculations related to the instructions CALL and LEA." Is AMD, once again, about to disappoint?"
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Can I Make My Android Phone Lie?

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  about 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "After the Pandora personal information tracking fiasco (I wondered why that app always started every time I rebooted, even when I hadn't used it for weeks), and now having yet another app (today it's Layar) ask in its latest update for access to even more personal information that it absolutely doesn't need to do its job, I'd like to know: Can I make my Android phone just outright lie to these applications that don't need this personal information to start with? After all, it is MY phone."
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Amazon Censorship Expands

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Recently word leaked out about Amazon removing titles containing fictional incest. Surprisingly that ban didn't extend to the 10 titles of Science Fiction Grand Master Robert A. Heinlein that incorporate various themes of incest and pedophilia. Now, it seems that the censorship is expanding to m/m gay fiction if it contains the magic word "rape" in the title. Just how far is this going to be allowed to proceed in relative silence, and who is pushing these sudden decisions on Amazon's part?"
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Amazon Stealthy Censoring Books/Removing Kindle Pu

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Back in April of 2009, with no notice or stated policy, a large swath of LGBT titles suddenly disappeared from Amazon.com. The ensuing uproar soon got them restored with Amazon claiming it was all some sort of never well described, but very selective, glitch. Then in July 2009 Amazon suddenly removed purchased books from customer's Kindles citing a copyright cock-up. Amazon's next trick earlier this year was to remove titles with suggestive covers from their All Departments default search, which is blatant censorship since that is the only search many Amazon customers know how to use. They may have been spooked by this hit piece in Slate. And while those titles seemed to still be available if you know where to drill down in your search, removing then from the most commonly used All Departments default search was blatant censorship in the digital age. You'd almost be tempted to think that Amazon didn't want to be in the book sales business. Now Amazon seems to be at it again regarding adult material – fictional incest stories among others. It is also under discussion on the Amazon forum – for now. With no warning to authors, publishers, or their customers, titles have suddenly disappeared over the weekend, including reports of yanking existing sold books from Kindle via the subterfuge of corrupting the downloaded book, offering a refund, and then refusing the ability to repurchase the title with the refund. These are titles that obviously have a market, some of them doing quite well on the bestseller lists for their genre. So just what is The World's Biggest Bookstore up to now and why are they being so quiet about it? Is it time to celebrate Google Books as the freer Amazon alternative?"
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SLASHDOT POLL: Should there be a Harry Potter #8?

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "SLASHDOT POLL
Should there be a Harry Potter #8?
Yes, Harry Potter and the Battle for Hogwarts.
Yes, other (see comments).
No, 7 are just right/more than enough.
No, Warner Brothers has already made enough money.
No, J. K. Rowling is already richer than the Queen.
No, the actors are too old.
Who is Harry Potter?"
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Amazon Quietly Censoring Bookcovers

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "It seems that Amazon has embarked on a new policy of quiet bookcover censorship. It's possible that they were spooked by this hit piece in Slate, or there may be some other reason, but bookcovers featuring even tasteful nudity have been removed from the "All Departments" general search. Of course they never made this a public announcement; books just started disappearing from their general search without notice. Authors and publishers are being left with two choices: 1) Redo the cover to remove the nudity. 2) Have your title relegated to only Erotica searches for now. Their alleged excuse is that some minor might accidentally stumble upon an offending cover, but this seems to overlook the obvious fact that even with the cover changed Amazon is still selling the same unaltered content to that, or any other, purchaser. And is this only the first step for them? So far this hasn't apparently spread to other eTailers such as Fictionwise, making it possible to compare erotic titles on the two sites and see the Amazon required censorship in the changed cover art. So how do you feel about Amazon setting these rules for everyone?"
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Fake Steve Jobs Goes Android

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Yes Fake Steve Jobs (aka Dan Lyons) ishttp://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/techtonicshifts/archive/2010/05/20/sayonara-iphone-why-i-m-switching-to-android.aspx">dumping his unreliable AT&T/iPhone for Verizon/Android. Among the factors he cites in his decision include the HTC Incredible phone itself, the highly-regarded Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, and too many dropped calls on his current network. Who wudda thunk?"
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Is The 4th Yellow Pixel of Sharp Quattron Hype?

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Sharp Aquos brand televisions are making a big deal about their Quattron technology of adding a 4th yellow pixel to their RGB sets. While you can read a glowing review of it here, the engineer in me is skeptical because of how all the source material for this set is produced in 3-color RGB. I also know how just making a picture brighter and saturating the colors a bit can make it more appealing to many viewers over a more accurate rendition – so much for side-by-side comparisons. And I laugh at how you are supposed to see the advantages of 4-color technology in ads on your 3-color sets at home as you watch their commercials. It sounds more like hype to extract a higher profit margin than the next great advance in home television. So is it real?"
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Apple RAISES eBook Prices for Everyone

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "I was informed by my publisher this week that they would have to raise my eBook prices because they planned to sell them through the Apple iBooks store. How could this happen? A lot of my individual stories sell in the $1 to $3 range, which is well within the impulse purchase amount for many people. In this price range a 50 cent price difference may well be the difference between a purchase and a pass. Meanwhile Apple is touting their new "Agency Model" whereby the publishers set the prices. However, it seems that Apple requires books sold in their iBook store have prices ending in .99 – nothing else. Furthermore, Apple requires that if you sell books through them that you absolutely cannot sell them for less through anyone else. To my understanding Amazon also requires this, so Apple and Amazon prices should be identical in the future, but Amazon doesn't force prices to end in .99. What this means is that an eBook that the author was quite happy to sell for $2.29 or $2.49 is now going to cost you $2.99 from everybody. While that sounds like only a few extra cents, it adds up over time and can lead to resentment against author for charging higher prices, even though they have little real control over pricing. I, for one, do not understand why Apple computers only understand numbers ending in .99, or just how Apple is making it better for the consumer this way."

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