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iPad Mini Costs $24 More To Make Than Kindle Fire HD

SquarePixel Few things (260 comments)

First of all, Apple makes its own OS and applications while Amazon just uses Android. On top of that Amazon has always tried to keep their price down so they can sell more ebooks. Apple tries to make profit by selling their devices. These two things combined, I don't think the $100 price difference is that much. It's almost surprisingly low.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Escapes Kaspersky's Top 10 Vulnerabilities List

SquarePixel Windows is no longer relevant (112 comments)

With the rise of OS X Windows is no longer relevant.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Funding Models For a Free E-book?

SquarePixel Re:Make up your mind.... (128 comments)

Nobody was talking about Kickstarter the site. He just said he got some money to kickstart the project.

about 2 years ago
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FTC To Recommend Antitrust Case Against Google

SquarePixel Re:Really? (195 comments)

They do force people to use their advertising platform, tho. Yes that's right, if you use Adwords you are not allowed to use the same ads on competitors advertising platforms. On top of that outright monopoly abuse, Google displays its own service higher than competitors, therefore undermining them.

about 2 years ago
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Lulzsec Member Raynaldo Rivera Pleads Guilty To Sony Pictures Breach

SquarePixel Re:Rookie mistake (81 comments)

you mad?

about 2 years ago
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Expenditure Report Reveals Germany Monitors Skype, Google Mail, Facebook Chat

SquarePixel Reveals too much? (89 comments)

Isn't it good that the government is transparent?

about 2 years ago
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A Day in Your Life, Fifteen Years From Now

SquarePixel Re:But... (687 comments)

The whole thing seems like lots to do. I would just grab a beer and call it a day.

about 2 years ago
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Google Could Face Heavy Antitrust Fines In the EU

SquarePixel Re:EU are on crack (292 comments)

It's not theoretical, it's the exact reason that companies have been complaining about. Google told companies that they cannot use same ads on competitor services.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Gaming With Only One Hand?

SquarePixel Masturbation (221 comments)

It's the most fun a guy can have with one hand.

about 2 years ago
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Can Microsoft Really Convince People To Subscribe To Software?

SquarePixel Adobe tried already (297 comments)

Adobe has recently made their full software suite available for a monthly fee. Compared to paying several thousands for the software, you only pay $70 per month. For me that seems much better. If, on the other hand, I would like make longer commitment to Adobe's software, I could buy the whole suite, too!

about 2 years ago
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Verizon-Branded iPhone 5 Ships Unlocked, Works With Other Networks

SquarePixel Re:All Phones Ship Unlocked (100 comments)

It makes a great difference when you're traveling elsewhere. Oh right, US people...

about 2 years ago
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Verizon-Branded iPhone 5 Ships Unlocked, Works With Other Networks

SquarePixel All Phones Ship Unlocked (100 comments)

Everywhere else but the U.S...

about 2 years ago
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Meet Two Security Researchers Apple Hates (Video)

SquarePixel Re:Silly and inflammatory (146 comments)

Charlie and Dino sounds like some kids adventure movie. What's up with that?

about 2 years ago
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W3C Announces Plan To Deliver HTML 5 by 2014

SquarePixel Re:Html5 is FUD (110 comments)

Doesn't anyone have problem with the full source code being available? I mean if you develop with HTML5 and JS the full source is there. I think companies might have a problem with that.

about 2 years ago
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W3C Announces Plan To Deliver HTML 5 by 2014

SquarePixel Re:That quickly? (110 comments)

I'm just waiting for them to pick up the pace like Chrome and Firefox did. HTML 38, here we come!

about 2 years ago
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Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

SquarePixel Re:"a number of user interface designers" (484 comments)

As you said, not knowing the OS is the problem. However, some things are clearly intended to distance OS X from Windows, while providing no usability improvement.
Just the other day, I spent some 45 seconds trying to delete a file the Windows way. First I realized there was no Delete key, which is annoying even if it's not strictly the OS' fault. So I tried backspace, seems like a logical alternative when you want to delete stuff. Nope, so I tried right-clicking and all sorts of weird click+button combinations I could remember.

Only then did I remember that you must absolutely drag files to the trash.

No you don't. Cmd+Backspace deletes them just fine.

about 2 years ago
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Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface For OS X and iOS

SquarePixel Re:Skeu (484 comments)

Actually, I found some of the webpages in the pics very well done. Let's take for example the burger menu webpage. It's simple, elegant and probably the best done choose what items you want on a burger, just because it's so simple.

about 2 years ago
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Verizon Offers Free Tethering Because It Has To

SquarePixel Re:Actually it is a problem (180 comments)

Government regulation is like violence. If little doesn't help, use more of it.

Is that you, Kim Jong-un?

about 2 years ago
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The Perils of Developers Hooking Up

SquarePixel Old wisdom (278 comments)

This is nothing more than the old wisdom of not dating anyone who is exactly like you. You need someone that shares little same interestst, but who can fullfil things you dont like or do. Yes, you can have one night stands between developers, but then again, majority of female programmers are ugly and insecure as hell, so you might want to get a normal person anyway.

about 2 years ago

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What Happened To Google+?

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about a year and a half ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Google's own social network Google+ was supposed to the holy grail of social networking and Facebook replacement. It has however changed nothing in the social network game and has become "just-an-another-google-property". Why has Google+ failed to take off and are you using Facebook or Google?"
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Good Old Games Adds Mac OS X Support

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about 2 years ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "The nostalgic games seller Good Old Games has added Mac OS X support to its platform and a catalog of games. "During its much-ballyhooed news-a-thon, GOG drew back the curtain on a new version of its service tailored to Macs, which brings with it 50 games (eight of which you receive free just for signing up) and some rather tempting deals. Speaking of, there’s this insane 32-game pay-what-you-want Interplay special leading the charge in celebration of GOG’s fourth anniversary"."
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Comparing 'Angry Birds' pigs to the 'Bad Piggies'

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about 2 years ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "In theory, the pigs of Angry Birds should be no different from those featured in Bad Piggies, Rovio's recently released spinoff. But according to Wired's Rhett Allain, there are some differences — most notably, their size. Using Newtonian physics to calculate their real-world size, Allain determined that each pig in Bad Piggies would have a girth of about 96 centimeters. That's 83 percent the size of the original Angry Birds pigs, which measured at around 1.16 meters wide. The slingshot, in case you were wondering, would stand at about 4.9 meters tall."
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Google Facing Regulation From Both Sides of the Atlantic

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about 2 years ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Over the next few months, Google could find itself in trouble with regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only are European regulators set to decide next week whether to take Google to court over its ranking of search findings, but last week reports surfaced that the Federal Trade Commission soon might pursue an anti-trust case of its own against the Internet search giant."
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Google Faces Heavy Antitrust Fines in the EU

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about 2 years ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Europe's competition watchdog is considering formal proceedings against Google over antitrust complaints about the way it promotes its own services in search results, potentially exposing the company to a fine of 10 percent of its global turnover. Google is accused of using its search service to direct users to its own services and to reduce the visibility of competing websites and services. If the Commission found Google guilty of breaking E.U. competition rules, it could restrict Google's business activities in Europe and fine the company up to 10 percent of its annual global revenue (US$37.9 billion last year)."
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Facebook Disables Facial Recognition in EU

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about 2 years ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Facebook has disabled facial recognition features on its site for all new European users. The move follows stringent privacy recommendations made by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner. Facebook plans to delete all Tag Suggest information and delete the feature for existing EU users by October 15th at the latest. "The news comes as the DPC publishes a lengthy report on a re-audit of the company, which has its European headquarters in Dublin. The report is broadly positive, and the decision to disable Tag Suggest appears to have played a major role in assuaging the Commissioner's office.""
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How Microsoft is wooing college kids to write apps for Windows 8

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about 2 years ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Bloomberg has an interesting story about Microsoft's efforts to simultaneously woo younger workers and to get more apps into its Windows Store. "Microsoft, the world's largest software maker, designed Windows 8 for touch-screen technology included in the company's first tablet, Surface, and other devices coming this year. To gain share in tablets, a market expected by DisplaySearch to reach $66.4 billion in 2012, Microsoft needs enough apps to challenge the more than 200,000 available for iPad. Using student recruits is one way Microsoft can woo app developers who are used to building programs for mobile phones and tablets, where the company has little and no share, respectively. Luring programmers before graduation is particularly critical for recruitment in the U.S., which lags behind countries such as India and China in its ability to crank out qualified engineers.""
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Google Stops Offering Free Music Service In China

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about 2 years ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Google has yanked its free music service in China after being unable to make it popular enough. The service offered Chinese people free licensed music downloads and was launched in 2009 to compete with the rival search engine Baidu. "Once China's second largest search provider, Google has now fallen to fourth place, overtaken by other local companies. — Google's popularity in the country has waned ever since 2010, when the company pulled the plug on its China-based search engine following disputes with the government over censorship and hacking concerns. Google's market share is at 5 percent, while Baidu's is 74 percent"."
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Microsoft Urging Safari Users To Use Bing

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about 2 years ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Microsoft is urging Safari users to switch to Bing after Google was fined $22.5 million for violating Safari privacy settings. "Microsoft is keen to make sure that no-one forgets this, let alone Safari users, and the page summarizes the events that took place". It tells users how Google promised not to track Safari users, but tracked them without their permission and used this data to serve them advertisement. Lastly, it tells how Google was fined $22.5 million for this and suggests users to try the more privacy oriented Bing search engine."
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Will Google Eventually Be Regulated

SquarePixel SquarePixel writes  |  about 2 years ago

SquarePixel (1851068) writes "Kernel magazine has an interesting article about Google and its misbehaviors along the years. It also suggests that Google can't continue this for long, but will be indeed regulated in near future. "Google reminds me of Adam, the cute, 100-foot-tall toddler in the 1992 Rick Moranis film, Honey I Blew Up the Kid. In case you missed it, Adam keeps stumbling over buildings, mistakes real cars for toys, and ultimately threatens the existence of Las Vegas". From Street View Wi-Fi snooping to illegal pharma advertising and privacy violations, Google keeps finding innovative new ways to get itself in trouble several times a year. "No private, unregulated company should have the kind of power Google has amassed. To leave power of this magnitude in the hands of corporate executives or, worse yet, inscrutable automated bots – no matter how benign, well-meaning and snoogly-googly they claim to be – is imprudent, if not insane.""
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