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Acer Rethinks the "Tablet Bubble," Launching $99 Tablet

manekineko2 A lot of people thought like that a year ago (243 comments)

Your comment reads like something from a year or two ago. The "there's an iPad market, not a tablet market" part of it really gives it away. The Kindle and Nexus markets have been selling very well, and the iPad is reduced to only half of the market now.

Your main point, too, sounds like something from before tablets have really started gaining momentum. I actually have seen directly many people, including many of the older generation, where tablets have really completely supplanted PC's in their lives. My mom who used to use her computer for nothing except light web and email hasn't touched her computer in a year now that she's gotten a tablet.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 5

manekineko2 Sue back (1052 comments)

This is why Apple has been resorting to lawsuits

Nevermind that Samsung also sued Apple. Nevermind that the iPhone was banned for two years in Korea.

What is Samsung supposed to be, Gandhi? If Apple sues Samsung, and Samsung counter sues back in self-defense, is that really "resorting to lawsuits" in your mind?

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Debuts Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire HD In 2 Sizes

manekineko2 DPI (307 comments)

iPad 3 which has a much better DPI than the Fire

iPad 3rd Gen has a resolution of 2048×1536 on a 9.7" screen, giving it a DPI of 264.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has a resolution of 1920x1200 on a 8.9" screen, giving it a DPI of 254.

For all intents and purposes, the Kindle Fire HD has the same DPI as the latest iPad.

about 2 years ago
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Bethesda: We Can't Make Dawnguard Work On the PS3

manekineko2 Re:Bethesda is just incompentant (371 comments)

That's really interesting.

Asking as someone who has never so much as looked into the dev/modding tools released for various games, are there games whose publicly-distributed quest scripting tools do allow for things like unit testing?

about 2 years ago
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Leak Shows What Could Be Nokia's New Windows Phone 8 Devices

manekineko2 PureView (110 comments)

I hope this isn't the real debut of the Pureview technology on Windows Phone.

With that tiny lens assembly, it seems inevitable if it is the real deal that large compromises will have been made to the image quality.

For those who don't know, the Nokia Pureview technology, currently found only on a single Symbian phone, is a breakthrough in imaging quality on smartphones/compact cameras. It is hands-down the best image quality on any smartphone, it is arguably the very best compact camera in the world, and in some circumstances has even been demonstrated to outperform mirrorless cameras like micro 4/3.

about 2 years ago
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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

manekineko2 Incorrect (1184 comments)

That's all pretty much no true.

Apple is suing over the Nexus line. Not only is the Nexus S part of this suit, but they got an injunction for a while against the Galaxy Nexus for their patent on searching more than one database with a single search.

Furthermore, this suit just affirmed their software patents on pinch to zoom, tap to zoom, and bouncing on scrolling past the end of a list. Finding these software patents valid and that Samsung violated them was a huge part of this case.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Wants To Replace Tape With Slow But Cheap Off-Site "Glacier" Storage

manekineko2 Seems very competitive versus consumer services (187 comments)

I'm an ordinary home user who wants to backup my really important data in case of catastrophe. Besides lots of little stuff, by far my biggest data in this category is my pictures, and when all totaled up, it comes out to about 75GB.

I've been mulling investing in a service like Crashplan, which according to their pricing would cost me $5 a month if I was month to month, or about $3 a month if I committed to 4 years (!).

Amazon Glacier could offer me backups for one cent a GB per month. So for my scenario, that'd come out to 75 cents a month.

Is it just me or is this an insanely good deal for my consumer scenario?

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates: the Traditional PC Is Changing

manekineko2 Re:Winning! (552 comments)

Your argument is a form of the No True Scotsman fallacy.

Of course none of those predated Apple, they are all defined in terms of what Apple did.

You could accurately describe the MacBook Air as a reaction to the ultra-portable movement created by the Asus EeePC. Asus wasn't the first to do it, but they were the first to make it mainstream.

Similarly, it's true, nobody made notebooks with greater than 2K resolution before the current MacBook. That said, the 15" 1080p space wasn't pioneered by Apple, which lagged behind there for years. So you could easily make full HD the litmus test.

Finally, popularity is very difficult to define, and I have a feeling you're defining it by however much Apple has made it popular. There were plenty of consumer laptops shipping with SSDs before Apple.

more than 2 years ago
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Bill Gates: the Traditional PC Is Changing

manekineko2 Re:Winning! (552 comments)

Without a doubt, MacBooks are impressive pieces of hardware.

However, they are also susceptible to the problem of differing internal hardware, just like all other pre-packaged computers. People make a big fuss about the differing LCD panels that are packaged inside a MacBook, and people often feel one is much better than the rest.

more than 2 years ago
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On Orbitz, Mac Users Offered Pricier Hotels First

manekineko2 Re:Well, duh (305 comments)

>Except that's not what is being acknowledged. They're not paying more for the same thing.

That's not what the person you're replying to said at all, he didn't say they're the same thing. People buy brands like Gucci and Prada for exactly the sort of reasons you list, that essentially, they feel like they're something better in return.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Tests the Waters With Paid Perks

manekineko2 Freemium at its best (204 comments)

So first Facebook's algorithm hides my posts from my friends for reasons known only to Facebook.

Now Facebook is testing the option so I can pay so that my posts they hid will actually show to my friends.

In a way, I really hope Facebook goes through with this, maybe it'll be the straw that finally breaks the camels back and we can get a new social network that actually cares about its users.

more than 2 years ago
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XBMC V11 Eden Has Been Released

manekineko2 iOS but no Android (195 comments)

I find it bizarre that iOS has a version of XBMC when it can only be run on jailbroken devices.

Meanwhile, Android devices, which actually compromise the majority of the market these days, could run XBMC out of the box with no modifications, and there seems to be zero interest in creating a version for Android. It would even be allowed on the official Android market.

Still, considering the heritage of the project, maybe this all makes sense....

more than 2 years ago
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Former Nokia Exec: Windows Phone Strategy Doomed

manekineko2 They already kinda did (447 comments)

They already made the N9, which runs Meego. They did everything in their power to kill it, including only selling it in a few markets, not listing it on their website, publicly announcing that they were abandoning the platform no matter how well it sold.

According to the figures in the article it is still outselling the their Lumia WP7 line 3:1.

They don't seem to be dropping Microsoft like a hot rock.

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

manekineko2 Re:Additional article for the doubters (649 comments)

I don't know they're wrong, since I don't know what conclusions the authors have drawn from their experience, whether they're as over-broad and appear to be driven by some sort of agenda like the commentators here I've been replying to.

However, I am suggesting that it is wrong to draw the conclusion that Android is unsustainable based on the fact that this particular developer made a good income on the Apple store, and was unable to do the same on the Android store. The experience of other developers who adapted a different approach indicates it is that there is plenty of money to be made on the Android store if the correct approach is taken.

Also, I am unclear what attitude I have embodied ("because most users seem to have attitudes like yours") that would cause the authors to have a failure to receive a return on investment. Also, there is nothing "pragmatic" about reasoning such as "So why should they bother trying to insert ads etc? Maybe they don't want ads in their app?" Those may be principled objections or the like, but a pragmatic line of reasoning would be something like: the current approach of applying the exact same sales strategies that worked on iOS have failed to receive traction here, perhaps I should consider alternative approaches that may offer a better return on investment. Maybe the authors already did that and rejected it as offering an insufficient return on investment, but that certainly doesn't seem to be the possibility you are hinting towards.

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

manekineko2 Additional article for the doubters (649 comments)

Got a lot of flack from people for the quality of the article and arguments over the nuances of the words of the article that are completely throwing the discussion off-track.

Here is a much more recent, much more professional article on the subject of Angry Birds revenue:
http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2011/04/features/how-rovio-made-angry-birds-a-winner?page=all

Let's discuss this one instead:

Rovio has had 20 million paid downloads for the iPhone and iPod Touch, and 20 million ad-supported downloads on Android. Ville Heijari, Rovio's spokesperson (the "bird whisperer") says both generate similar revenues.

One of the top-selling apps ever on the iPhone generates similar revenues on Android. Here, the wording is vaguer so maybe the iPhone is making slightly more, maybe Android is making slightly more, but with regards to my conclusions these tiny ticky-tack details doesn't matter.

I maintain my original conclusion, which is that while Battleheart's developer could not make their business model work on Android, some people are making tons of money by switching to different business models in a changed environment. In light of this, I state again, it's not Android that's unsustainable, it's their business model on Android that appears to be unsustainable.

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

manekineko2 "Different markets. And this is 25 years later." (649 comments)

paying attention to history has it's advantages

Not the same. Different markets. And this is 25 years later.

Not necessarily disagreeing with your substantive points, but that is a mildly hilarious way to disagree with the argument that we should pay attention to history because it repeats itself...

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

manekineko2 What? (649 comments)

What are you talking about?

My conclusion that Angry Birds makes more money on iOS than Android is directly from the article's title (hint the paid ones referred to in the title are clarified in the body to refer to "selling the game like on the iPhone").

What you call "speculation" that predicts they will make $1m in ad revenue per month is directly from the CEO of Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds. I quote: "The Android version of the game has been downloaded 5 million times and Rovio is on track to generate $1 million in revenue per month by the end of the year, according Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka."

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

manekineko2 That's exactly what the link says (649 comments)

The article says, "Angry Birds Makes More Money from the Free Android Version than from Paid Ones".

It continues, "But one of the most popular apps of all time, Angry Birds, is actually seeing quite a lot of success from its ad-supported version versus the paid app...On Android devices though, the game's maker, Rovio, went with an ad-supported model rather than selling the game like on the iPhone."

The only "paid ones" or "paid app" referenced in the article is the iOS version, so that makes the statement into free Android version makes more money than iOS version.

more than 2 years ago
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Battleheart Developer Drops Android As 'Unsustainable'

manekineko2 Just because they don't make money doesn't mean (649 comments)

It's not Android that's unsustainable. It's their business that's unsustainable.

Which is why they're making good money on the Apple market, right?

Of course, other developers have had the opposite experience. For example, Angry Birds makes more money from Android than iOS:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Angry-Birds-Makes-More-Money-from-the-Free-Android-Version-than-from-Paid-Ones-170596.shtml

While their business model may work fine on Apple market, sometimes it takes changes to make money in a different environment.

It's not Android that's unsustainable, it's their business model on Android that appears to be unsustainable.

more than 2 years ago

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Xbox DRM and the Red Ring of Death

manekineko2 manekineko2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

manekineko2 (1052430) writes "In the latest case warning of the perils of investing in DRM'd media, an owner of an Xbox 360 reports that after his Xbox suffered the infamous Red Ring of Death, it was replaced by a new system with a different serial number. Apparently, the possibility that an Xbox 360 could break and have to be replaced never occurred to Microsoft, because upon receiving his replacement, he found that he could no longer access any of the media he had purchased through Xbox Live. Adding insult to injury, he received the run around for months from customer service before his case was escalated, only to be informed that there is no ETA for a resolution, there is no way to receive status updates on the process, and there is no compensation that will be granted. Given claims that the Xbox 360 defect rate is as high as 1 in 3, has anyone on Slashdot gone through this as well after getting their system exchanged?"
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manekineko2 manekineko2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

manekineko2 (1052430) writes "In the latest of Sony's public relations missteps, the corpse of a decapitated goat was the centerpiece at a party in Greece for the launch of God of War II. Allegedly, guests at the event were invited to reach inside the goat's still-warm carcass to eat offal from its stomach, a charge Sony denies. Images of the party were included in the official Playstation magazine. Some copies have already been sent out, but Sony is removing the pages from the remaining issues. A censored scan of the picture is available in the linked article. Condemnation has been swift, with The International Fund for Animal Welfare calling it "outrageous" and a UK Member of Parliament saying, "I would understand if customers wanted to boycott other Sony products such as their televisions because of this controversy.""
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manekineko2 manekineko2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

manekineko2 (1052430) writes "This article on the New York Times discusses how a recent rash of high profile mobile phone taps in Italy is spurring a rush towards software encrypted phone conversations. Private conversations have been tapped and subsequently leaked to the media and have resulted in disclosures of sensitive takeover discussions, revelations regarding game-fixing in soccer, and the arrest of a prince on charges of providing prostitutes and illegal slot machines. An Italian investigative reporter stated that no on would ever discuss sensitive information on the phone now. As a result, encryption software for mobile phones has moved from the government and military world into the mainstream. Are GSM phones in the United States just waiting for a similar explosion in the use of commercially-availble wiretapping technology, and could this be the impetus to finally see widespread use of software encryption in communications?"

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