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How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

Tridus Re:Create a $140 billion business out of nothing? (359 comments)

That's not creating a new business out of nothing, nor is it being particularly visionary. It's a natural improvement on an existing market segment.

This piece reads like someone has been smoking the good stuff at Apple HQ.

yesterday
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Google Sees Biggest Search Traffic Drop Since 2009 As Yahoo Gains Ground

Tridus Re:Thank the Mozilla Foundation (155 comments)

You really believe it was that and not that the default changed in the #3 browser?

That's so naive it's comical.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Tridus Re:srsly? (463 comments)

Wow, that's genius! I wonder why nobody else thought of it? Maye next you'll come up with some gems like "teach people not to shoot each other", and "teach people how to drive properly".

about a month ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Tridus Re:people are idiots (463 comments)

Yes, because Macs are magical and a user space process on them can't encrypt files that the use has access too... because magic.

You zealots are hilarious.

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Tridus Needed to be two movies (351 comments)

The original idea for The Hobbit was to make two movies. Then Hollywood executives got involved and the third movie was invented. With it came the need to invent new stuff to fill all the extra time, and most of it is garbage.

If you trim it back down to two movies, there is enough content to make a good pair of movies. Instead, what we got was Peter Jackson's attempt to make The Lord Of The Rings II, occasionally featuring a hobbit.

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Tridus Re:Reviewers hate it? Good. (351 comments)

Enjoy what? The never ending CG fight that doesn't seem to go anywhere? Tauriel being a good little damsel straight from Peter Jackson's imagination?

Forget there's a book at all, the movie is just plain bad. It's probably alright for the Transformers crowd, they love endless CG with no particular point.

about a month ago
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An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

Tridus Re:"gamergate drowned out" (162 comments)

Gamergate wasn't hijacked at all. The thing that Baldwin started with was literally bullshit made up by that developer's ex-boyfriend.

It started off as sexist BS, and it remained sexist BS. Basing an "ethics" campaign on flagrant lies isn't exactly a good place to get started.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:Fix it? (171 comments)

Depending on the game, it can be reversed, but it's not easy. Diablo 3 is a recent example. Bad launch with major server problems and gameplay issues. The 2.0 patch and expansion basically undid all of that, got rave reviews, and AFAIK did result in a sales bump. That's Blizzard, though.

Assassins Creed usually sells a lot up front, sells some DLC, then moves on. DLC doesn't provide a "reset" to try and win people back over the same way a major expansion launch does. For AC Unity, the damage is done. Fixing it makes sense to try and limit the damage to the brand and because some of those fixes can probably be used in the next game, not because they hope it'll generate more sales.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:marketing and reputation (171 comments)

When you have the hype machine going a year in advance aimed at a certain date, promotion contracts with Gamestop and such for a certain date, and even something simple like shelf space at Walmart for a certain date, changing that date is not without consequences.

Digital distribution tends to make this easier, but this is predominantly a console game and so retail matters.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Yet again - Preorders are for suckers (171 comments)

There is a reason they want you to buy the game before any reviewers or other users start commenting on it. It's what enables them to sell broken crap like this. They've already got your money.

The hype train, preorder bonuses, review embargoes are all meant to allow them to get away with selling broken crap. That's exactly what they've done. All the complaining in the world won't do a whole lot about that, now.

If you really want to put a stop to companies like EA and Ubi doing this - never preorder a game. Any game worth buying on launch day is still worth buying two weeks later, and you'll save yourself quite a lot of money by avoiding duds.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:"unexpected technical issues" (171 comments)

"Unexpected technical issues", as in "we knew there were issues but didn't expect them to become this big of a media story."

You're right. Game company management and PR want to meet the ship date no matter what because of the hype train and various retailer contracts for shelf space. QA isn't that high on the totem pole when it comes to influence, and are routinely ignored if they're saying what management and PR don't want to hear.

Hopefully, Ubi learns something from this.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:Fix it? (171 comments)

Everyone already bought it, so it's all good as far as Ubi is concerned.

about 2 months ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:Unexpected technical issues (171 comments)

Usually, testers find these things and management decides that they can be fixed with a patch later, because missing the ship date would cause marketing problems.

Sometimes they get away with that. Sometimes the problems are worse than management thinks and a debacle like this happens.

about 2 months ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Tridus Why settle for second rate failure? (433 comments)

Unlike the other candidates, Carly has a proven track record of spectacular failure.

Don't settle for less, vote for first rate failure in 2016!

about 2 months ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Tridus Re:Diaspora appliance (88 comments)

Except that I can sign up for Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/G+/Whatever with a browser, and costs me zero dollars.

A Disapora appliance would have to cost more than zero dollars, because you're making and distributing hardware. Why would people ever buy it? What happens when it fails, or the baby spills juice on it, or it needs patching, or any number of other real world things happens to it?

It's a complete non-starter unless it also does something game changing.

about 2 months ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Tridus Nobody cares (88 comments)

" It isn't an open source, decentralized social networking technology."

I hate to break it to you, but people don't care. That's techobabble to the overwhelming majority of the audience. When it comes to social networks, people care about the following things:

1. Are the people I want to connect with using it
2. Does it look good
3. Is it easy to use
4. Privacy, sometimes

Disapora failed because it was high on technobabble and low on the other stuff.

about 2 months ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Tridus Re:Outrage not done right (561 comments)

She also would have hired two guys to write slashdot 2.0.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Tridus Could be a money loser (400 comments)

Google was paying Mozilla before for traffic driven their way, that will presumably end now.

So if I'm using Firefox and switch back to Google (because I don't want to use reskinned Bing), Mozilla won't be getting anything anymore.

about 2 months ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Tridus Re:Bing indeed (400 comments)

The commonly thrown around number is that 90% of users never change the defaults.

In my experience, that number might be low.

about 2 months ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Tridus It's entirely the fault of gamers for pre-ordering (474 comments)

This is very easily fixed - don't pre-order games.

Problem solved. Now you can wait two weeks to let the suckers who did pre-order tell you if it's good or not. It doesn't matter what the publisher tries to do to slow down the reviews, since in that case the reviewers can just get a retail copy and review without interference.

The moral here is to not be a sucker by pre-ordering.

about 3 months ago

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Gamestop buys Impulse

Tridus Tridus writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "Gamestop has agreed to buy Impulse from current ower/creator Stardock for an undisclosed sum. Impulse is well behind Steam in the digital distribution market, but gives Gamestop a jump start in their effort to start competing with Steam."
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Spore, Mass Effect to phone home

Tridus Tridus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "The PC version of Mass Effect is going to require Internet access to play (despite being a single player game), as its DRM system requires that it phone home every 10 days. Sadly, Spore will use the same system. This will do nothing to stop piracy of course, but it will do a heck of a good job of stopping EA's new arch-enemy: people playing their single player games offline."
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