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Priceline To Buy OpenTable For $2.6 Billion

Ty Re:What "ass"tounding value (43 comments)

You clearly have no clue what OpenTable is and what it solves.

It's a seating and reservation management platform - an essential need for the vast majority of non-casual restaurants. It's implemented as a hardware/software solution that they install on premise, so it works without a network connection.

In urban markets, they are pretty much a de facto standard, despite being expensive and archaic. Their website and mobile apps drive so many reservations that restaurant managers are more than willing to pay the hefty fees. Those consist of an installation fee (hundreds $), monthly maintenance fee (hundreds $), and per-reservation fee ($1 - $10 per PERSON).

As a technologist working in the restaurant industry, I really dislike them because both their consumer and front of house software sucks so much. That said, they're a real business, with real revenue, solving real problems, for real customers. So yeah, go make a "website for hipsters" and wait for your $2.6bn payout, since it's so easy.

about 2 months ago
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Mac OS X 10.6.2 Will Block Atom Processors

Ty Re:No. (1012 comments)

What happened in the 90's would imply that the potential market for currently non-Apple users who want to run MacOS on non-Apple hardware is smaller than the pool of current Apple users who would switch to other hardware if provided an easy route. That means loss of market share in their own market.

I'd wager to say that it's probably not much different now.

more than 4 years ago
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Mac OS X 10.6.2 Will Block Atom Processors

Ty No. (1012 comments)

Apple learned it's lesson in the 90's when it licensed MacOS. While the hope was that the licensees would expand MacOS market share, it instead only whittled away at Apple's own market share. I was an example myself - I have a PowerComputing system lying around somewhere - and it was a sale that would have gone to Apple were they not in existence.

Additionally, as long as Jobs is at the helm, this will never happen. He's made it very clear that Apple doesn't sell hardware or software, but rather the full experience provided by very good integration between the two.

more than 4 years ago
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Gates Expresses Surprise Over IE8 Secrecy

Ty Bill's "Power" at MS... (381 comments)

This is a sincere question - wondering if anyone can answer it here. How much influence does Gates have left at MS now that he has left?

more than 6 years ago

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