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Judge Approves Settlement In eBook Price-Fixing Case

bickle Re:Will this result in lower prices? (242 comments)

It may be true for expensive physical products, but when the price is low (as $10 is compared to a $500 tablet), the price is dominated by other factors.

For years publishers had been crying that the reason for the high price of books was due to the high expense of production & warehousing. Enter ebooks and those expenses are gone. Sure there are some new expenses, but nothing even remotely approaching production and warehousing. Logically, the price of ebooks should be reduced but instead have been artificially propped up with the agency model.

"other factors" is just a nice way of saying greed.

more than 2 years ago

Forbes Names Microsoft's Steve Ballmer Worst CEO

bickle Re:Worse? (444 comments)

Why only CEOs? Maybe it's because they set the direction of the company. Maybe its because they have outrageous salaries in comparison to the rest of the workforce.

more than 2 years ago

Gaming Clichés That Need To Die

bickle Prices (416 comments)

consumers aren't going to accept $80-$100 game titles, especially not with mobile game prices in the 99 cent â" $4.99 range.

Does anyone actually believe this? It gets repeated over and over, but it makes zero sense. There isn't a single gamer that can't recognize the difference between the complexity of a mobile game and something like Skyrim. I get the feeling that this statement is just being repeated over and over in a lame attempt to brainwash people into believing it.

more than 2 years ago

SFPD Breathalyzer Mistake Puts Hundreds of DUI Convictions In Doubt

bickle Re:Request a blood test (498 comments)

I see what you did there.

Clearly the intent of the poster was placed upon the state of inebriation. Your last paragraph also deals with this. So in context it would seem that your link suggests that the definition of 'drunk' could be called into question, but it actually just outlines what constitutes 'operating a motor vehicle'. So yeah, it IS pretty easy to avoid drunk driving, contrary to your assertion.

Pretty sneaky, sis.

more than 2 years ago

Photographing Police: Deletion Is Not Forever

bickle Re:3G or whatever tethering? (482 comments)

Keep a laptop nearby and have all the media transmitted wirelessly to it.

more than 2 years ago

Open Letter By Eric S. Raymond To Chris Dodd

bickle Re:uhhh. (410 comments)

That's the big problem whenever someone trots out the "our founding fathers" argument. People assume that they were a unified front and all shared the same vision and philosophies, when in fact you could find a wide range of opinions. Some espoused rewriting the Consitution on a regular basis.

So when people cite "what our founding fathers would want", I always wonder which one(s).

more than 2 years ago

Submitting "Nuking the Fridge" To Scientific Peer Review

bickle Re:A child died, playing hide and seek (284 comments)

I think George Lucas ought to be careful of movie scenario he puts on his movies. Children watching the movie might just do what the hero does - hide inside a fridge, - and suffocate, just like that poor child who died 4 decades ago

Indeed. I hear there have been a rash of small children jumping out of crashing planes and trying to sail gracefully to the ground using only an inflatable raft. Most don't make it, and of those that do, none have successful in riding the raft safely down the side of a mountain and over waterfalls.

It's a shame, really.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Mobile Phone Solution With No Data Plan?

bickle Re:Uh... (294 comments)

Ask the same question to a Jew.

How does trolling get modded as insightful?

more than 2 years ago

Man Who Downloaded Bomb Recipes Jailed For 2 Years

bickle Re:Arrested for knowledge? WTF? (741 comments)

He had none of the equipment, just the knowledge.

There's a big difference between being "curious" and downloading and saving it to an easily hidden & portable device for future usage.

Take off your tinfoil hat and put on a thinking cap.

about 3 years ago

New Group Paves Way For 2012 Online Primary

bickle Re:Good in theory (249 comments)

Which sounds great until you realize that the constitution is more complex and more open to interpretation than most people realize.

more than 3 years ago

The Looming Library Lending Battle

bickle Re:No, not really (390 comments)

Limitless free library ebooks are the death of them.

Sounds perfect. Another self-resolving problem.

more than 3 years ago

Carrier IQ Responds To FBI Drama, EFF Wants More Information

bickle Re:A Little Help Please? (140 comments)

Ah, so you must be the proverbial troll living under the bridge.

Sorry, you can't have my phone.

more than 3 years ago

Sub-$100 Android 4.0 Tablet Coming Soon

bickle Re:...no, really. (278 comments)

The real reason why it is successful is because people are stupid enough to think all Apple products are top shelf.

It's kind of funny that there are people that still cling to this anti-Apple argument. Any person who objectively evaluates various tablets after actually using them admits that the Ipad is far and away the better, more polished product. I've been waiting for a non-Apple tablet for a long time, but each new product is just a new pretender.

For something to dethrone the Ipad, it will need to be as good as (if not better) AND come in at a lower price. That's a tall order.

more than 3 years ago

Siri Gives Apple Two Year Advantage Over Android

bickle Re:So true (800 comments)

Apple products have always been about form over function - people would even buy them if the cases were empty.

Funny how people love to trot out this argument, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Even the topic here (Siri, in case you forgot) is entirely about functionality.

Just a fyi - what YOU perceive to be a valued function may not be the same as what the person next to you values.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Granted Patent For Slide To Unlock

bickle Re:Oh ffs (622 comments)

I think his point is that he's an insane zealot that loves hyperbole.

more than 3 years ago

Actress Sues IMDb For Revealing Her Age

bickle Trolling in the summary (465 comments)

"So is her career dependent on lies?"

Wow, trolling in the summary?


more than 3 years ago

iOS 5 Update Available

bickle Re:umm... (473 comments)

Thank you for writing an excellent summary of the update.

more than 3 years ago

Should Book Authors Pursue a Patronage Model?

bickle Ebook prices are NOT falling (342 comments)

Ebook prices are NOT falling, I don't know where you are getting that idea. Prices are increasing. Usually they are on par with the physical equivalent. Ebooks of a hardcover book are around $14-15. Ebooks of paperbacks are usually MORE expensive, since the physical book gets a discount and ebooks are rarely discounted.

Book publishers are just as bad (if not worse) than the recording industry.

more than 3 years ago

$5M In Torrented Files Presented As Art

bickle Re:Uh... art?! (243 comments)

Saying something again doesn't mean that you were right.

more than 3 years ago


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