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Why We Should Remain Skeptical of the Ouya Android Console

montyzooooma Re:Rewards (184 comments)

The controller apparently incorporates a touchpad into the service to make it easier to play games designed for touchscreens. They are offering extra controllers for $30. That's a blue tooth controller with integrated touchpad for $30. It's this that screams Phantom to me. A fairly generic BT controller alone already costs around thirty bucks. How can they hope to sell their fancy version for the same amount?

In a perfect world, they pull it off, create a minor storm in the gaming world and fulfil everyone's orders, but it's entirely possible this ends up with nobody getting anything, except for the company employees who've had their wages funded for a year or two.

Until quite recently there were still people waiting to receive their Pandora console, two years late and that was, arguably, a substantially less ambitious project but one also funded by pre-orders. To their credit the Pandora devs ended up having to invest a lot of their own money and despite facing some incredible set-backs and hurdles they managed to create their dream handheld - albeit one that is now several years behind the loop compared to what the originally envisaged.

more than 2 years ago

Why We Should Remain Skeptical of the Ouya Android Console

montyzooooma Re:Rewards (184 comments)

Assuming design, packaging, shipping and royalties are free

Royalties to whom?

Royalties to the inevitable patent trolls that try to litigate them out of existence. $5 million would probably cover the legal department's canteen bill for the real players in this market, like MS, Sony and Apple.

more than 2 years ago

Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle

montyzooooma Google Now (329 comments)

Just wondering if getting rid of iGoogle, which I was never a fan of but which didn't seem heinous either, has anything to do with the "Google Now" app on Android.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Good Low Cost Free Software For Protecting Kids Online?

montyzooooma Re:Watch them (646 comments)

Good point. Drinking poison and exposure to human sexuality are very similar experiences

They can both cause a gag reflex.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Adds 96 Million Shares, Will Privacy Get Worse After IPO?

montyzooooma Re:Difference between shareholder and part owner? (191 comments)

If I had bought 10% of Facebook at the start, I expect to own 10% no matter how many shares are issued. Where are these shares coming from, MZ's own portion?

Doesn't work like that. You invest early and own 10% of the shares. Company runs out of money and needs more investment, say. Your 10% investment now become 10% of a company that won't stay afloat without more money, so you bring in a second round investor and your share gets diluted. Happens all the time. The real joke is that there's a ten to 1 bias against new shares when it comes to voting rights, so investors are effectively paying for a stake in a company that the majority of paper share-holders could still have no control over. So MZ has a large minority share-holding but 56% of the voting rights - hence the stunning Instagram decision. I really can't wait for this IPO to happen - it will be epic.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Adds 96 Million Shares, Will Privacy Get Worse After IPO?

montyzooooma Re:Who's buying? (191 comments)

The interwebs is filled with stories, articles and opinions about why getting in on the Facebook IPO is such a bad idea. I can't find a single piece that argues for buying FB shares now (if you do, can you please share?). So I'm wondering, if there is such an overwhelming negativity against the shares, what's driving this demand up and making fb add more shares?! brokerage firms are offering pre-orders for pre-screened buyers with a minimum number of orders and still are not guaranteeing issuance of shares. If so many people are saying don't do it, who are all the people who are doing it, and why? I find it hard to believe that so many people are actually ignoring the news and willing to put money down - surely there's something we're missing?

what's the pro argument for fb shares?

The people paying for the shares don't read tech stories off the Internet. The brokers punting the share to their customers make a commission regardless of what happens to the share after IPO. Obviously some investors will actually be hoping to make a quick buck by turning the shares around same day - and the demand suggests this will be very possible. Groupon and Glencore (mining firm) both closed above offer price on the day of their IPO, but look at them now. Of course that doesn't answer the question why so many investors are bullish on Facebook - even the fact the company is releasing more shares, when they can't possibly NEED the extra money, suggests they may see this as the optimum time to maximize their return. When tech shares fall, they fall hard.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Feed Africa?

montyzooooma Re:Stopped reading at... (592 comments)

If my great, great, great, great, great grandfather paid a thief to steal a car for him then (a) how is it MY fault and (b) who even had cars back then? Your car theory falls apart unless we stole time travel from Africa as well as the elephant feet. Pfft.

more than 2 years ago

LulzSec Leader Sabu Unmasked, Arrested and Caught Collaborating

montyzooooma Re:Learning from history (511 comments)

These days Intelligent Design is science and Hercules is history. Deal with it. Nothing good ever came of facts.

more than 2 years ago

Decision Time For SKA Telescope Bids

montyzooooma Re:Just Ska? (45 comments)

I wondered what all the suedeheads had been up to since the 70s.

about 2 years ago

Female Passengers Say They Were Targeted For TSA Body Scanners

montyzooooma You can solve any problem... (572 comments)

... by throwing more money and resources at it, right?

Who is going to keep an eye on the passenger advocates?

"So nat'ralists observe, a flea Hath smaller fleas that on him prey, And these have smaller fleas that bite 'em, And so proceed ad infinitum."

more than 2 years ago

AT&T Caps Netflix Streaming Costs At $68K/Yr

montyzooooma 300Mb is about 500 browser page views (433 comments)

With the average size of a web page getting close to 1Mb in size. So 20 page views a day and you're in danger of exceeding your subscriber data cap and heading into charged territory.

more than 2 years ago

Geek Tool: Slashdot Video of Award Winning 3D Printer From CES

montyzooooma Re:Non biodegradable? (137 comments)

such as shoes, clothing

Seems like overkill for these when you can already create an infinite variety of shoes and clothing with nothing but a bunch of plastic garbage bags and a roll of duct tape.

more than 2 years ago

Google Caught Misbehaving By Kenyan Startup

montyzooooma Re:Do no evil indeed (383 comments)

I field calls from companies claiming to be Google at least once a week. They aren't Google, they're people wanting to intermediate between a customer and eg Adwords. It's a scam, pure and simple. Whether this is the case here I can't say for sure, but I'd be surprised if it was official Google policy.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Tech For Small Library Automation?

montyzooooma Can anyone set up a lending library? (188 comments)

I ask because the public library services pays a yearly fee and the small print in most books prohibits lending without permission. Just throwing that out there. I'd say go for it, but I lack moral guidance.

more than 2 years ago

Czech Nationwide Census Shows Jump In Jedi Knights

montyzooooma Re:UK Census, Church of Jediism (321 comments)

For some reason belief in an invisible power beyond normal human understanding is considered silly in the UK. So some people from a Christian background put down "Jedi" as a more sensible option.

I've an issue with the term "Jedi Knight" used in the article. Becoming a Jedi Knight requires upwards of ten years training from a young age. Therefore most people claiming to be Jedi, are most likely simple believers in the Force, or, at best, Padawans.

about 2 years ago

Obama To Veto Anti-Net-Neutrality Legislation

montyzooooma Re:Wow (355 comments)

What I want to know is who paid for THIS decision?

more than 2 years ago

EU Court Rules Against Exclusive TV Licensing Deal

montyzooooma Re:The point of the ruling... (115 comments)

Is to support the legal position that a citizen of an EU member state cannot be restricted from purchasing goods or services from any other member state - this is a rule that has been in position for years, and the FA were trying to have it not applied to their TV rights (as they gain billions from UK tv rights to Sky, which are now massively devalued).>

Killing exclusivity would devalue the rights, but you could have effective exclusivity. eg it would not be in the interests of a sporting governing body (or whoever negotiates the TV rights) to sell the same package to two different broadcasters if the income from the two deals was less than the income from a single exclusive partner. So you could negotiate non-exclusive rights with eg a Satellite firm, on the understanding that anybody else that wanted rights would have to buy the same package, effectively pricing the competition out of the picture. It might even INCREASE the value of the rights, though ultimately hitting consumers.

more than 2 years ago

What Happens When the Average Lifespan is 150 Years?

montyzooooma Currently... (904 comments)

the retirement age is 65. Don't expect that to last.

more than 2 years ago

Alloy Could Produce Hydrogen Fuel Using Sunlight

montyzooooma Re:Separation of the gasses (360 comments)

Well, I guess you let them "settle" and the hydrogen will rise to the top where it can be pumped off and compressed. Presumably the oxygen can be bottled as well, though I expect demand for it is lower. I imagine more oxygen in the atmosphere is a good thing, right?

about 3 years ago


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