top Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap
Minindisc was awesome, it only failed outside Asia because in Europe and America, where generally cheaper products were the norm, people started ripping mp3s to CDR en-masse before MD players were cheap enough for mass market.
The Clie was good, if a little fiddly. I knew a few people with those. Where *that* failed was sony's protectionis hogging of the Palm OS and getting usurped by Symbian and then Microsoft on smartphones until Apple took over the world.
The e-reader was behind Amazon by far in terms of simplicity, wireless connectivity, and catalogue.
In each case it seems Sony's made a product which enjoyed limited success amongst geeks willing to pay a premium for a couple of unique features, but failed to grasp mass market with affordable and easy-to-use products.
Yup, you need a different brand. I'm thinking the same about Apple these days.
top Australia Rebooting Search For MH370
Can this just die already?
top Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?
Seems like an awfully complicated way to get aerodynamic dimples on a large surface when there's not much of a compelling reason for them not to be there permanently, Which would be orders of magnitude cheaper to do with long-existing technology.
top Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains
I'm one of those Minecraft servers. Goddammit I ony found out why this was happening thanks to slashdot.
I know my own IP, but none of my users do.
top Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis
Japan also considers bitcoin a commodity.
top Mt. Gox Questioned By Employees For At Least 2 Years Before Crisis
If this was happening two years ago it's more likely he spent them when they were worth a fraction of their current value.
top Lawsuit: Oracle Called $50K 'Good Money For an Indian'
Salaries are set by supply and demand, and if there are plenty of people of Indian nationality who are jumping at the chance to work in California, then the hiring company is, on average, going to get away with a lower average salary. In much the same way that trying to get a Californian to go live in Mumbai, they may have to pay more than they'd pay a local, due to a shortage of people wanting to work in a city with clearly lower standards of living.
The problem here is that "Indian" is used English interchangeably as a nationality an an ethnicity, so there are sudden screams of "THAT's WACIST" from the overcompensating PC crowd. If they'd said "That's plenty for an English person", "that's plenty for a Minnesotan" or "That's plenty for a young unmarried guy", there wouldn't be such a problem. It's common practice for companies to end up getting away with lower salaries for people doing the same job, for a variety of reasons which are not protected in law.
top Sony Launches Internet Service Offering Twice the Speed of Google Fiber
I had 1Gb/s fiber to my home in Tokyo for the last 5 years at least. That Sony is providing 2Gb/s now is not particularly noteworthy, except that thanks to Google recently offering 1Gb/s in the US, it's now in the public consciousness, whereas beforehand most of the world hadn't realised just how far ahead Japanese internet service was.
I wonder what they get in Korea... it wouldn't surprise me if they 1Gb/s was standard there for years already.
What is noteworthy to anyone with such a fast connection, is that most of the internet as we know it is throttled at speeds way below that anyway. It takes 40 or so connections to max out my download speeds from usenet.
top Washington's Exploding Manholes Explained?
Every time I turn on a ring on my gas stove, it's bleeding gas for a few seconds whilst the electric ignition goes "tickticktickticktick" then "whoosh" as the ring lights but by that time enough gas has escaped to make a noticeable smell from the added marker gas, even if briefly. multiply this by the total number of gas powered flames all over the place, and the level of methane in the air is going to be way higher than natural background levels.
about a year and a half ago
top BitCoin Gets a Futures Market
I haven't found a single post that doesn't miss the point.
Being able to buy/sell futures of commodities such as oil ties the bit coin to the real world in a way we haven't seen before. A potential user of bitcoins may be put off by the volatile nature of the value of the bitcoin itself, but if he can pin it down to the value of oil or gold by trading those futures, it makes holding bitcoins a much more sensible, or at least much less financially treacherous prospect.
Imagine... I could sell 1000 USD and buy 100 bitcoins (no idea how this compares to the real exchange rate, bear with me...)
I could then, with my 100 bitcoins, buy gold futures. Even if the value of a bitcoin plummetted meanwhile, I'd be making all that money back as the price of gold (expressed in bitcoins) skyrocketed. I'd be essentially immune to the fickle price of a bitcoin and merely invested in gold. I could further stabilise my finances by SELLING gold futures in USD. If I did this right away, for a small cost, I would essentially have pegged the value of my bitcoins at 1 per every 10 USD.
The creators of bitcoin have been very smart to introduce this market. It enables the use of bitcoins without the fear of volatile price moves. Surely the biggest barrier to entry for most potential users.
top Children Used To Steal Parents' Data
downloading 'cookie maker' or whatever game the 6yo is asking for also requires the password, and once daddy's entered it, it's valid for 15 minutes of all-you-can-eat smurfberries
top Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ
Not necessarily. There is surprising variation from person to person, and even the same person depending on the time of day.
Here in Japan, adult average seems to be around 36.4.. people are 'told' that 36.5 is normal, pretty much everyone agrees that 37 or above is fever territory. I, with a temperature of 36.8-37C am regularly told I have a light fever by doctors. I always have to tell them "No, that's normal for us whiteys.". My previous GF was regularly in the high 35s.
top Linus Goes Hollywood At Pre-Oscars Party
I heard Charlie Sheen was doing coke in the back room whereas Linus, the party boy, had brought his own stash of Jolt.
top Bill Gates Says Anti-Vaccine Effort Kills Children
Yes, they do give those out anymore.
Who should get this vaccine?
All infants should get this vaccine unless they have a medical reason not to.
>The vaccine is certain to be more dangerous than the disease
Really? I wonder why they still use it then?
How safe is this vaccine?
The IPV vaccine is very safe; no serious adverse reactions to IPV have been documented.
top Hackers Dual-Boot Chrome OS With Ubuntu Linux on CR-48
Completely agree. I'd mod you up if I had points.
Who in the world would dual boot a machine just to use a web-browsing-specific OS?
top Drupal 7
I can tell from the book title it's something to do with websites, but it hardly helps to "spread the word" when you don't even mention in TFS what Drupal is or does?
top HDCP Master Key Is Legitimate; Blu-ray Is Cracked
A strongly worded opinion. Well written, with references and links. It's not even a controversial topic, From what I see this is rather a majority opinion on slashdot.
Who the hell modded this flamebait?
top Science Historian Deciphers Plato's Code
I don't think it matters just who wrote it,
As for the 'why'.. for the same reason L Ron Hubbard wrote about the thetans. The same reason Joseph Smith wrote his own little book.
top Apple Announces iPhone 4
Here in Japan the majority of phones on sale have had the ability to 'video call' over 3G using a front camera for several years. My wife's crappy old sharp which is ready to be thrown in the bin included.
My current iPhone was a step back in that regard, and it'll be pretty amusing once Softbank starts selling the iPhone alongside phones which can video-call over 3G and has to tell customers that the iPhone is 'wifi only' for some goddamned reason.
top Android Sales Surpass iPhone Sales
Cos, y'know... what's the point in buying one if you've already got one?
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