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Is the App Store Broken?

jolyonr People expecting their marketing for free (258 comments)

Too many people want to get rich by selling apps and expect Apple to pay for the marketing of their apps for free on the App Store.

The App Store serves one purpose - not to promote your apps, but to make money for Apple.

If you want to go into business selling an app for iOS then you need to have some plan in place to market it. That doesn't mean sticking it on the App Store and hoping for the best.

If you can't afford to market your app (either by paying for advertising somewhere or just physically spending your own time promoting it) then you really shouldn't waste money or time to develop it either.

about a month and a half ago
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FBI Concerned About Criminals Using Driverless Cars

jolyonr dirverless cars? (435 comments)

I'd be pretty cnocerned about them too.

about 2 months ago
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Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

jolyonr Re: Chip and PIN (210 comments)

Square will have to do what PayPal Here does in territories with Chip and Pin, and that's replace their device with one that has a chip reader.

Of course, the PayPal Here reader with Chip and Pin is almost ten times the cost of the US PayPal Here swipe reader.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Software Can You Not Live Without?

jolyonr Re:You lost me at vim (531 comments)

Actually, that reminds me, I was meaning to ask on Slashdot if anyone has any advice as to which is the better editor, Vi or Emacs.

I'd love to know.

about 6 months ago
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GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users

jolyonr Re:Chatroulette Failed (137 comments)

The document estimates that between 3% and 11% of the Yahoo webcam imagery harvested by GCHQ contains "undesirable nudity".

But what percentage was desirable nudity?

about 7 months ago
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Mikhail Kalashnikov: Inventor of AK-47 Dies At 94

jolyonr Re:An Eternity of Torment, I ope (283 comments)

"I would prefer to have invented a machine that people could use and that would help farmers with their work – for example a lawnmower."

The Kalashnikov Lawnmower. The very best there is. When you absolutely, positively got to cut every motherf***ing blade of grass in the garden, accept no substitutes.

about 9 months ago
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Intelligence Officials Fear Snowden's 'Doomsday' Cache

jolyonr Well... (381 comments)

The files are stored on the ISS, and can only be unlocked by a direct laser link communication channel.

Isn't that obvious?

about 10 months ago
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Berkeley Scientists Plan To 'Jurassic Park' Some Extinct Pigeons Back To Life

jolyonr Fuck pigeons * (209 comments)

Bring back a mammoth.

* figuratively, not literally, please.

about a year and a half ago
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Promising New Drug May Cure Malaria

jolyonr Re:Unless you can give everyone birth control.... (190 comments)

... they'll all die of starvation anyway.

Maybe a bit overdramatic - but the truth is that overpopulation is every bit as much of a problem as climate change - if not more so.

One could argue these two problems may eventually even each other out - but I wouldn't like to think of that as any kind of positive solution.

about 2 years ago
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Andromeda On Collision Course With the Milky Way

jolyonr Paging Bruce Willis.... (217 comments)

What size bomb will we need?

more than 2 years ago
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Russia Threatens Pre-emptive, Destructive Force On US Missile Defense

jolyonr Stuxnet style (675 comments)

I wonder if "destructive pre-emtive force" means exactly what we initially think.

Perhaps the Russians are hinting of something more subtle, a stuxnet style attack on the systems there.

Of course, I'm not suggesting for one moment they could actually pull it off...

Jolyon

more than 2 years ago
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One In Eight Chance of a Financially Catastrophic Solar Storm By 2020

jolyonr Re:Be Prepared... (337 comments)

> if the shit really hits the fan,

Shit hitting the fan won't matter so much if the fan isn't spinning.

more than 2 years ago

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O2 block Google Translate from under 18s

jolyonr jolyonr writes  |  more than 3 years ago

jolyonr (560227) writes "Are you one of the many people who are dismayed to see how easy it is for teenagers and children to get access to online translation services?

Well, fear not, because UK mobile internet operator O2 have now stepped in and made sure that Google Translate can no longer be accessed by anyone under 18.

"The site you tried to visit is restricted to over 18s", claims the statement when you visit the site.

To remove the block, you need them to charge £1 to your credit card. They offer £2.50 in mobile credit in return, but what about those who are under 18 and actually need something translated?

Almost certainly O2 are blocking this because their systems are not clever enough to block porn sites that are fed through Google Translate. But then what next? Blocking Google search because of the Cached pages?"

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