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Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

dufachi Re:Metro UI (467 comments)

If it was so great, I'd know what the "RT" stood for. So much for MS's marketing genius.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft XBox One Kinect Will Not Work On Windows PCs

dufachi Re:Adapters (198 comments)

nah, they make AMERICAN toilet paper. It's that stuff that splinters off in your arse when you wipe; generally referred to as "John Wayne Toilet Paper"

about a year and a half ago
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EA Is the Game Company Disney Was Looking For

dufachi Re:Merchandising within merchandising (254 comments)

Where's My Force Lightning?
An anthropomorphic tie-fighter movie
The full Episode 4 using Disney iconic characters with the witch from Sleeping Beauty as Darth Vader
Star Wars Social - beg your friends to help you outfit your own Jedi college that randomly gets murdered by a rogue Jedi turning to the dark side.

about a year and a half ago
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DRM Lawsuit Filed By Independent Bookstores Against Amazon, "Big Six" Publishers

dufachi Re:Raise the price of books and see a mass exodus (155 comments)

I'm not really willing to pay more than $10 for an ebook. If these independents want to cry because people aren't buying dead-tree editions, perhaps it's time they started their own ebook farms. I doubt their suit will get any real attention by the courts. It'd be like record stores angrily suing iTunes because people like their music in digital format. Come to this century.

about 2 years ago
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As Music Streaming Grows, Royalties Slow To a Trickle

dufachi Re:Demand More (665 comments)

That's okay. Slashdot will whine and cry about how they don't even want to pay for streaming music and fully advocate piracy.

Exactly right, they'll tell you all music 'wants to be free' and that artists like Ms. Keating should make all her money from paid performances.

Well, if I listen to an over-the-air radio station in my home or car, I don't pay for that. Please explain why I should have to pay for music that is streamed over the internet complete with advertising? I would be happy to pay for streaming music if it were ad-free.

about 2 years ago
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World Governments Object To New gTLDs

dufachi How is .app offensive to Australians? (135 comments)

I'm trying to figure out why the Australian government would find .app offensive. Other than pure commercial greed, I mean. I wonder if someone is trying to get .blackfriday

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

dufachi Amazon only accepts once price (128 comments)

Just so you know, you only get to charge one price. You can't have 3 different price-points for the same book with Amazon's self-publishing. Just one. They also have a tendency not to accept your self-publishing if you wish to self-publish it elsewhere for a different price point.

more than 2 years ago
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DNSChanger Shut-Down Means Internet Blackout Coming For Hundreds of Thousands

dufachi Should have been redirecting for months (264 comments)

The "Feds" should have been redirecting these morons to a page that tells them how to get rid of it for months. Instead, now all these morons are going to be clogging up ISP tech support because "ma internets dun gone wonky and won't werk!"

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Wireless Goes Ahead With 'Bucket' Data Plans

dufachi Re:Hyperbole much? (376 comments)

The problem I'm seeing is if it's $30 per additional phone, I certainly hope that new device gets another 1GB added to the bucket. Otherwise, a family of 5 sharing 1GB of Data for $180 would be ridiculous. For that matter, $180 for 5GB is absolutely insane pricing.

more than 2 years ago
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Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

dufachi Re:Rather than suing... (578 comments)

...why not just forbid Dish from carrying their channel?

(Oh, yes, because they can't. Dish's HD DVRs can take an ATSC signal and record from that, and any home that's capable of erecting a satellite dish can erect a normal UHF/VHF antenna too. That's one thing I really rather like about Dish Network.)

Still, they could try, and then Dish subscribers - who don't want to erect an additional antenna - would be denied access to great shows like House, 24, Dollhouse, Terminator: Sarach Connor Chronicles, Firefly, Dark Angel... {insert rest of updated Family Guy skit here}

I think only one of those shows is still on the air. ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Fox Sues Dish Over "Auto Hop" Ad-Skipping Feature

dufachi Fox will lose (578 comments)

I suspect that Fox will actually lose this in court and when it comes time to renew the contract between Fox and Dish, Fox properties will either no longer be available on Dish or it will be in the contract that their stuff cannot be "hopped".

more than 2 years ago
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If You Resell Your Used Games, the Terrorists Win

dufachi Re:Ever bought a used car? (423 comments)

If Mr. Browne has ever purchased a used car, borrowed a book, DVD, or CD, then he is a hypocritical schmuck.

To be fair here, the Movie Industry and the Recording Industry BOTH want dib dollars on resells of those product. Car manufacturers get money from parts (even the off-brand ones).

I will however agree on books. Publishers aren't going all crazy-talk about how used book stores are ruining the industry and a reason to sell the first-day hardcovers for double the price they should be.

I still call shenanigans.

more than 2 years ago
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FCC Wants To Fine Google $25K For WiFi Investigation

dufachi Re:Also known as (145 comments)

oh yeah cause 2nd place in the browser market is such a horrible failure.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

dufachi Re:it doesnt matter really (607 comments)

With Windows 8, your argument may lack credibility as it's very obviously designed for the tablet user in mind. Too bad everyone uses a mouse and keyboard. Gotta run the mouse in a "3 snaps in a Z formation" to load the browser or some other ridiculous pseudo-swipe.

more than 2 years ago
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Connecticut Considers Digital Download Tax

dufachi Re:Three things... (244 comments)

I don't go to a "Brick and Mortar" store to get a digital download. Digital Downloads are also subject to draconian DRM and if the company that you get it from folds, that content is no longer available to you; unlike a physical item you take from a "Brick and Mortar" store. I pay taxes and "franchise fees" to my local ISP to enforce their monopoly and paid taxes on my PC/Phone/Tablet/Console that the download runs on. This is just classic double-dipping. On the other hand, I can understand applying a tax to online stores that sell physical items, even though I firmly believe that sales tax should be eliminated.

more than 2 years ago
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Game Developers Eyeballing Kindle Fire

dufachi Re:Say what? (48 comments)

Please describe exactly how it's "flimsy". From my experience, it's pretty solid physically.

more than 2 years ago
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Many Early Adopters of the Amazon Fire Are Unhappy

dufachi My Kindle Experience (463 comments)

I bought one for myself. I have, admittedly, never owned one of the previous Kindles. I have had it a week now, and I am rather happy with it. There are, however, a few things that I wish were different, but it's not a deal breaker.

Pros: I can read on it (the main reason I bought it) with white text on a black background (E-Ink isn't... that particular contrast.). It runs the apps in Amazon's store reasonably well. Video looks pretty good streaming. Even the PC Magazine I read on it looked pretty good.

Cons: It can be "touchy" sometimes and doesn't register button presses. I can't put custom wallpaper on the lock screen. I would like the ability to delete apps I have no intention of using again from "The Cloud", but cannot seem to accomplish this.

about 3 years ago
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WoW To Add Avenue For Real-Money Gold Buying

dufachi Re:Blizzard has lost their way (197 comments)

Yet you fail to consider that so far, the Cataclysm expansion is only 11 months old.

Vanilla - Released 11/04
2 years and 3 months later: Burning Crusade - Released 01/07
1 year and 10 months later: Lich King - Released 11/08
2 years and 1 month later: Cataclysm - Released 12/10

So, you could either argue that they are fast tracking expansion content now, or they have almost another year to make up for "content updates" (i.e. raid bosses). I use quotes loosely because not everyone appreciates only raid content.

more than 3 years ago
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Weak Typing — the Lost Art of the Keyboard

dufachi Re:typing class in school (362 comments)

Same for me. I believe it was 7th grade, though. I actually could bang out almost 80 wpm on those manual typewriters, but the teacher failed me because I never used my pinkies. I can use the left one now, but I still only use 2 fingers and a thumb on my right hand and can still tap out 80 wpm with arthritis touch typing on the pc..

Oh, for the record, I chopped my pinkies off when I was 2 and had them reattached and never really gained much use of them except the left one in the last 15 years or so. The teacher didn't seem to give a squat about that. Wench.

more than 3 years ago

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Google is Killing their iGoogle Service

dufachi dufachi writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dufachi (973647) writes "I was rewarded with a message when I fired up my browser this evening that Google was killing their iGoogle Service as of 11/1/2013. They are suggesting using individual Chrome apps for the features their start page has available."
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dufachi dufachi writes  |  more than 8 years ago Well, I've been a geek for almost all 36 years of my life. At least since I've been old enough to beg for a gadgets and electronics (you know, the day my mouth started saying words). Been a long-time reader of /. but never registered. I think it's finally time to admit I'm a geek. ;)

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