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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Plumpaquatsch Re:The basic problem is (249 comments)

The Play store "people you know" ratings are surprisingly helpful.

Problem is, unlike Google Apple doesn't spy on you. They don't pilfer your contacts to give you (and others) valuable information like that.

5 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Plumpaquatsch Re:If the 12% spend more (249 comments)

$15 billion since 2008 ... minus Apple's 30% cut ... that's 10.5 billion ... over 7 years ... $1.5 billion a year .. divided by 300,000 iOS jobs created in the US equals $5,000 over 7 years, or $714 per dev per year average.

This doesn't take into account the people working in the rest of the world,

It also doesn't take into account all the people who get hired as iOS app programmers, working on free apps. Like those working for Google, Facebook, airlines, Nike, etc.

5 days ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Plumpaquatsch Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

. I can play around with the tools and creating apps as much as I want without spending a dime. It's only when I want to put an app on actual device that I need to spend the money.

You already had the OSx running Apple device then?

Well, yes, those who didn't hop on the train because there's money to be made, they already had a Mac and experience in programming for OS X - which helped them programing for iOS. Or rather "iPhone OS" as it was recently renamed from "OS X for the iPhone" back then.

about a week ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Plumpaquatsch Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

30% off the top is pretty substantial.

Okay, why do people (well some people) always whine about Apple taking 30% while they are absolutely okay with Google taking the same 30%? Not to mention them cheering for Amazon when they take 65%?

about a week ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Plumpaquatsch Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

so at the very worst all you've lost is your time?

Because my time is worth much more than the fee and the development hardware I would have to buy. If I could eliminate a week of testing due to having a more restrictive platform, I've made up the difference in dev costs.

So you don't test your apps for Android? http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/...

about a week ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Plumpaquatsch Re:If the 12% spend more (249 comments)

Depends on the country. In the US Apple users spend more, in China not so much.

China was the key market for iOS App Store growth, showing exceptional gains in both downloads and revenue. iOS App Store revenue in China grew around 70% quarter-over-quarter. - See more at: http://blog.appannie.com/app-a...

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Plumpaquatsch Re:55% White (557 comments)

Are you joking? That's irrelevant since Apple recruits from around the country.

Apple recruits from around the world - so why should US demographics play any role?

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Plumpaquatsch Re:Stupid (557 comments)

Wow, you really suck at Math - and you work in IT?

about a week ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Plumpaquatsch Re:55% White (557 comments)

Apple's categorizations are consistent with national demographic categories. All the ethnicities you list would fall under "Asian".

(The US as a whole is about 73% white, or 63% non-Hispanic white, meaning whites are underrepresented in Apple's workforce, no matter how you count.)

Maybe you missed the part about Apple being a Californian company. According to 2011 US Census Bureau estimates, California's population was 39.7% Non-Hispanic White

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Plumpaquatsch Re:But no sympathy for Foxconn workers? (557 comments)

When working conditions are so bad that suicide is a better alternative, I would say that is a real problem.

Way to blame Apple for Robin Williams' death, just because he was in a recent Apple ad.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Plumpaquatsch Re:Jobs to Cook: DFIU (557 comments)

This goes in the 50% of marketing. If you have a diversity policy, it's a diversity policy. If you communicate over your diversity policy, it's PR.

Yeah, it's always PR. Like when Apple refused to release their diversity numbers back in march last year, it was bad PR.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Plumpaquatsch Re:Apple is committed to transparency, (557 comments)

Oh i'm sorry is that horse not dead yet? perhaps he wasn't referring to the one thing you seem to be sure he was referring too..

So what did he refer to? The fact that Apple is no longer committed to making transparent, errm translucent cases?

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Plumpaquatsch Re:Stupid (557 comments)

Is this a problem? Personally, I don't think so. It just means that more women are interested in teaching younger children, and the men who are there are because they want to be. I doubt there's some grand conspiracy to prevent men from becoming kindergarten teachers.

Yeah, the fact that men just happen to be in the teaching jobs that get paid better is total coincidence.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Plumpaquatsch Re:Stupid (557 comments)

Thanks for your anecdata - at my university it was just the opposite. Oh, no, wait, that was computer science not IT. Yeah, I guess males are better fixing computers.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Diversity Numbers: 70% Male, 55% White

Plumpaquatsch Re:Stupid (557 comments)

Gotta agree that's stupid. First, you can only hire people that are available with the skills you're looking for. So if you don't have "diverse applicants", you'll never get "higher numbers". Second, I hope he doesn't mean it, but it sounds like Cook want to be more diverse to look more politically correct. If I were a stock holder, I'd be upset.

Well, first of all, this report comes as a result of stockholders being upset. And second, it was all about the diversity within board of directors and the upper management (aka "leadership). Where white males were overrepresented compared to the "tech" diversity (hiring a bunch of white women improved one statistic recently, getting Dre onboard upped the black score). It's all in TFR.

about two weeks ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Plumpaquatsch Re:So 40% dwarfs 60%? (256 comments)

Yes, they do. Are you too dumb to understand, you terrorist supporter?

about two weeks ago
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Apple $450 Million e-Book Settlement Wins Court Approval

Plumpaquatsch Re:Read: tax deduction (93 comments)

Actually, Amazon has just redefined "collusion" as speaking out against Amazon. Didn't you get the memo yet?

about two weeks ago
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Apple $450 Million e-Book Settlement Wins Court Approval

Plumpaquatsch Re:The real culprits are the publishers. (93 comments)

So Amazon is in the clear because they dump for a long time. Because "that wouldn't make sense". Apart from driving all competition out of business because you have the deeper coffers.

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Plumpaquatsch Re:Netflix Time Now? (252 comments)

The Prisoner, 1967, had a story arc.

So did The Fugitive.

about two weeks ago
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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Plumpaquatsch Re:Netflix Time Now? (252 comments)

It looks pretty awful on anything with a HD resolution these days so that probably wouldn't help it.

So does Star Trek (TOS, heck even some of TNG) but people still love watching them for the stories and they always make the Netflix most-popular lists.

Depends on what you are looking at - both B5 and the older ST shows were filmed on film, and the FX for ST TOS and most for TNG were also done on film, while those for B5 were digital and rendered to be good enough (if that) for analog TV resolution.

The resolution of film is good enough to at least look better on HD than on SD - but the digital effects will show the pixels.

And that's ignoring that for both TOS and TNG Paramount has released HD versions with "better" FX.

about two weeks ago

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German intelligence employee arrested on suspicion of spying for US on Bundestag

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "Deutsche Welle report:"A member of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has been detained for possibly spying for the US. The 31-year-old is suspected of giving a US spy agency information about a parliamentary inquiry of NSA activities. During questioning, the suspect reportedly told investigators that he had gathered information on an investigative committee from Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. The panel is conducting an inquiry into NSA surveillance on German officials and citizens; yesterday an ex-staffer told it the NSA was 'totalitarian' mass collector of data."
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Deutsche Telekom begins distributing nano-SIM card

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about 2 years ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "After a protracted battle between Apple, Nokia, RIM and Motorola Mobility earlier this year about the design of a new nano-SIM (subscriber identity module), Apple was the victor and is widely expected to use the new design in the next-generation iPhone. German website iFun.de is reporting that carrier Deutsche Telekom has begun distribution of nano-SIMs to partners in anticipation of the launch of a new iPhone."
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Appeals court upholds Apple victory in Cover Flow patent case

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about 2 years ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "Apple has once again been cleared of infringing on patents held by Mirror Worlds.

In a ruling posted today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, the court upheld (PDF) a lower court decision from April 2011, which sided with Apple.

Mirror Worlds originally accused Apple of infringing on its patents with features included in its Mac OS X operating systems going back to 10.4 "Tiger," as well as in its iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The company, which was founded by Yale University computer-science professor David Gelernter, took aim at Apple's Cover Flow, Spotlight, and Time Machine features made available on devices running various iterations of that software."

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Germany has passed Peak Pirate

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about a year ago

After their successes in 2012, getting seats in all state elections (with 7-9% of the votes), the German Pirate Party again dropped far below the "5% hurdle" in both the state elections in Bavaria and Hesse as well as the federal elecion of Germany. It looks like that even despite the NSA scandal, the Pirates lost a lot of votes to the newcomer Euro-skeptic "Alternative für Deutschland" - who got more than twice the votes of the Pirates, while still not gaining any seats.

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