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Groupon Could Challenge Google's Record IPO

cjnichol Re:Groupon (245 comments)

You get a better price. It may be price point or not, but that's irrelevant for you as the buyer.

Good point. It seems I didn't actually know what the definition of "price point" was!

more than 3 years ago
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Groupon Could Challenge Google's Record IPO

cjnichol Re:Groupon (245 comments)

I usually like xkcd but this one was really really stupid. The first panel presents a valid argument but I've never seen that before in my life and I've worked at both a grocery store and a clothing store. You are far more likely to see "Up to 50% off" and then have everything 10% off except for one item that no one would buy which is 50% off or "$19.99 and up" and have everything more expensive with a few things down at the $19.99 range.

The second panel is quite misleading as well. His argument, while true, is besides the point. Let's say you go to the store to buy a box of cereal and are deciding between two brands, which you both enjoy and cost the same. However, one has a coupon for a "free" movie ticket (with the purchase of a second ticket most likely). Let's also say that you occasionally enjoy going to the movies with your significant other/child/whatever. Now I have two options: 1) I could buy the box without the coupon and stick it to the company using the "mathematically annoying advertising" and buy two movie tickets later, or 2) I could buy the other box and get two movie tickets for the price of one later. While such offers may often be used to encourage the purchase of things you otherwise wouldn't buy, more often than not (in my experience) I do end up getting something for free out of the deal (ie. something that I otherwise would have spent money on).

The third panel tries to uses the word "save" with multiple meanings. While the phrase "the more you spend, the more you save" clearly implies that by spending more right now, you will receive a better price point per unit, the graph uses the word save as in "money not spent ever," which is kind of pointless. For example, I could buy 2 rolls of toilet paper for $4 or 24 rolls for $20. In this case (which is fairly realistic except for the exact numbers), I could resist the "spend more, save more" advertising and only get what I need right now, and then come back every week or two and repeat the process or I could simply buy the 24 rolls and put $28 in my savings account. It's not like toilet paper is going to go bad or out of style anytime soon...

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Deemed Top of Movie Product Placement Charts

cjnichol Re:Getting out of hand (321 comments)

But the ENTIRE POST was covered in such a thick layer of sarcasm that I had to go find my windshield scrapper so I could clean off the screen before reading it.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Deemed Top of Movie Product Placement Charts

cjnichol Re:And it's fucking irritating (321 comments)

Yeah, Bones has to have the most blatant advertising. Sometimes it's almost funny. I like how she incessantly talks about the amazing GPS, and adaptive cruise control, At which point they zoom out to a front view of the car so you can see the car maker's logo (Toyota, I think) right on the middle of your screen.

Really? I've never noticed... Can you name an episode for me that is particularly over the top? Ideally the GPS or iPhone episode. I want to go see how bad it is.

more than 3 years ago
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Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line

cjnichol Re:Costco (464 comments)

It does, however, work wonderfully for Walmart. At least for their express checkouts. They have up to 12 registers (usually only 4-6 are staffed when I go) and the single queue works great. There is an automated system which directs you to the next available cashier (it displays a number on a sign and also tells you to go to the checkout verbally after a ding).

more than 3 years ago
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Examining Indie Game Pricing

cjnichol Re:$60 blockbusters ??? (188 comments)

where are they ? i havent seen once since late 90s.

Starcraft 2 came out this year and I think it was $60.

more than 3 years ago
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'YouCut' Targets National Science Foundation Budget

cjnichol Re:Cut YouCut (760 comments)

How does your congressman know what crap you dislike? Perhaps by setting up a system where everyone has a chance to voice their concerns? A system where everyone has a chance to vote on what to cut?

about 4 years ago
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Operation Payback and Hactivism 101

cjnichol Re:It is Not DDoS (423 comments)

The ability of certain companies to conduct business is being destroyed.

about 4 years ago
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Operation Payback and Hactivism 101

cjnichol Re:It is Not DDoS (423 comments)

It would be disruptive-picketing actually (according to Wikipedia). Regular old picketing still provides you with the choice of crossing the picket-line.

about 4 years ago
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WikiLeaks Defenders Threaten Amazon

cjnichol Re:Is this really hacking? (703 comments)

If dropping Wikileaks ends up disrupting their sales, then maybe they'll think twice before dropping a customer that the State Department dislikes. The DDoS attacks are giving them a business reason NOT to drop Wikileaks.

Because extortion is an acceptable business practice now, amiright?

about 4 years ago
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Amazon Patents Bad Gift Protection

cjnichol Re:Isn't this illegal under consumer protection la (210 comments)

Technically, you (the recipient) are authorizing Amazon (or whatever company) to act as your agent and accept purchases on your behalf. You would also authorize them to exchange that for you for an item of equivalent value (possibly the same item of different size, or whatever difference).

This in no way affects the contract between Aunt Milly and yourself as you have authorized Amazon to accept the gift for you.

more than 4 years ago
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Amazon Patents Bad Gift Protection

cjnichol Re:Isn't this illegal under consumer protection la (210 comments)

Without being a lawyer or an expert in this matter, I am just going to go out there and say you are wrong.

In this case, they are both the AGENT of Aunt Milly AND you. They are, in effect, receiving the gift purchased by Aunt Milly on your behalf (without wasting the time and resources required to actually deliver it to you) and then exchanging it for something which YOU have specified. All they are doing is automating the receive-exchange process.

more than 4 years ago
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iFixit Tears Down Microsoft's Kinect For Xbox 360

cjnichol Re:Every Major Gaming Site Reports Those Problems (280 comments)

You should believe ALL of them. Everyone is giving you their own personal, and probably biased, opinion.

My first, and only, experience with the Kinect was in a Kinect store in Toronto (an entire store dedicated to this thing!). I have to say the whole process was pretty much hassle free. I just stood there while it registered my body (pretty much the equivalent of registering a controller on the ps3/wii/xbox) which took a few seconds. I did notice that you had to be standing a fair distance from the setup meaning this will more likely have to go in a family room as opposed to someones bedroom.

I didn't notice any lag really while playing the game (I played a racing game) which was pretty fun. I didn't try out any of the voice commands (didn't even know it coud do that) so I can't comment. One of the employees was managing the menus so I can't comment on that either.

One thing that I did notice was that the employee seemed extremely relaxed while playing and had excellent control whereas I was a lot more rigid in my movements and had a bit more difficulty. The human mind is an amazing feedback controller and should be able to adapt to most things you throw at it (input lag and whatnot). I liken the experience to the first time I played the wii.

Will this be useful for high-end competitive gaming? I highly doubt it. Will this be amazingly fun to have in the home? Hell yes.

more than 4 years ago
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Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie

cjnichol Re:Monitor which ads get the best reaction? (433 comments)

Hint: We don't enjoy the adverts, especially after paying almost $12 for a ticket. Perhaps if the whole audience gives the camera the finger through all of the ads, they will get the message? :-)

I object to this. I fully enjoy the occasional ad in the theatres. Heck, I even pay to go watch the Cannes Lions any year that I can (basically an hour and a half of the best commercials from around the world). The biggest problem I have is that there is generally a very limited pool that they use at any given time so if I see several movies over the course of a week or two then I see the same ads all the time.

more than 4 years ago
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Beware the Garden of Steven

cjnichol Re:FUD! (580 comments)

There is no reason for LaunchPad (which is just a glorified Applications folder) to exclude apps not downloaded through the app store. Why wouldn't it just pop up with EVERYTHING in your apps folder?

more than 4 years ago
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Blizzard Announces Final Diablo 3 Class, PvP Arena Battles

cjnichol Re:So, what about Real ID? (187 comments)

That's not a bug. That's a feature of the real-id system that helps you find other people you know. Due to customer feedback, they are (or already have, I'm not sure...) adding in an opt-out for it.

more than 4 years ago
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George Lucas C&Ds 'Lightsaber Laser'

cjnichol Re:Lucas F*&^ OFF ! (481 comments)

Right... the iPad looks nothing like the PADDs. The kindle on the other hand looks much more similar to a PADD. Before reading the full summary, I went to http://www.wickedlasers.com/ to take a look. First thing that came to mind when I saw the Arctic series: "Lightsaber"

more than 4 years ago
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The Tuesday Birthday Problem

cjnichol Re:Let's try it without reading TFA (981 comments)

I still think that ordering should matter in the first part though (I posted right before you it seems). Why does the order matter if the other child is a girl but not if it is a boy?

more than 4 years ago
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The Tuesday Birthday Problem

cjnichol Re:Let's try it without reading TFA (981 comments)

He has already had the children and he is only telling you that at least one was a boy. He didn't say which.

more than 4 years ago
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The Tuesday Birthday Problem

cjnichol Re:Let's try it without reading TFA (981 comments)

I'm still not convinced about the 1/3 probability that the second is a boy in the original problem (ie. without the day of the week). If the order matters when the other child is a girl, why doesn't it matter when the other child is a boy? That is, if we know one child is a boy, let's call him Ba, why don't we have the following possibilities with non-zero probabilities: Ba + Bb, Bb + Ba, Ba +Ga, Ga + Ba

more than 4 years ago

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