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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

tuppe666 The real news here is the death of windows phone (161 comments)

I you look at the picture is the Moto G took 6% of the UK market in three months. What it does not say it that the phones it replaced where the cheap Windows phones which upto then had been carving a tiny niche in the market before then. No wonder Windows has become free and Nokia have started selling android.

The fact that Apple fanatics are clinging to past glories is not news. Show me a value phone...or even a watch. Otherwise just watch your market share continue to shrink.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft: Start Menu Returns, Windows Free For Small Device OEMs, Cortana Beta

tuppe666 You have been asleep for a 10 years (387 comments)

I've heard people saying that Linux is something that nobody wants even for free. It's nice to see that Linux has finally caught up with Windows! Or the other way around. Whatever.

I don't think you really understand the irony...Microsoft *partners* are prepared to *pay* Microsoft to run Linux instead of windows.

“It’s not like Android’s free,” said Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chief executive. “You do have to license patents.”

FYI Apple is doing quite nicely too

about two weeks ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

tuppe666 "Minimum Advertised Pricing" not "Miniumum Price" (88 comments)

Minimum price agreements were widely used in the heyday of CDs. The practice was upheld by courts.

I noticed this gets modded up as fact...the truth is a little more interesting http://www.stereophile.com/new... this is an article from 2000 where the Big Five got in trouble with the Federal Trade Commission for "Minimum Advertised Pricing on CDs" where retailers were forbidden to *advertise* CDs below an established minimum. Unlike Apple they had heard of Sherman Antitrust Act

about three weeks ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

tuppe666 Pricing Artifically Low (88 comments)

Amazon, using its monopoly power in ebooks, kept prices artificially low. When Apple entered the market, Amazon lost some of its monopoly power and publishers used this event to increase eBook prices across the board.

From http://www.justice.gov/atr/cas... Page 160 "Amazon screwed it up. It paid the wholesale price for some books, but started selling them below cost at $9.99. The publishers hated that — they thought it would trash their ability to sell hardcover books at $28. So before Apple even got on the scene, some booksellers were starting to withhold books from Amazon. So we told the publishers, “We’ll go to the agency model, where you set the price, and we get our 30%, and yes, the customer pays a little more, but that’s what you want anyway.” But we also asked for a guarantee that if anybody else is selling the books cheaper than we are, then we can sell them at the lower price too. So they went to Amazon and said, “You’re going to sign an agency contract or we’re not going to give you the books.”"

about three weeks ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

tuppe666 Compete on Price (88 comments)

There was no "pre-cartel" pricing. There was only Amazon selling at a loss to drive every other ebook store out of business. They failed to do that, though they have been successful at getting the courts to go after everyone else in retribution.

from http://www.justice.gov/atr/cas... "On January 27, Jobs launched the iPad. As part of a beautifully orchestrated presentation, he also introduced the iPad’s e-reader capability and the iBookstore. He proudly displayed the names and logos of each Publisher Defendant whose books would populate the iBookstore. To show the ease with which an iTunes customer could buy a book, standing in front of a giant screen displaying his own iPad’s screen, Jobs browsed through his iBooks “bookshelf,” clicked on the “store” button in the upper corner of his e-book shelf display, watched the shelf seamlessly flip to the iBookstore, and purchased one of Hachette’s NYT Bestsellers, Edward M. Kennedy’s memoir, True Compass, for $14.99. With one tap, the e-book was downloaded, and its cover appeared on Jobs’s bookshelf, ready to be opened and read.

        When asked by a reporter later that day why people would pay $14.99 in the iBookstore to purchase an e-book that was selling at Amazon for $9.99, Jobs told a reporter, “Well, that won’t be the case.” When the reporter sought to clarify, “You mean you won’t be 14.99 or they won’t be 9.99?” Jobs paused, and with a knowing nod responded, “The price will be the same,” and explained that “Publishers are actually withholding their books from Amazon because they are not happy.” With that statement, Jobs acknowledged his understanding that the Publisher Defendants would now wrest control of pricing from Amazon and raise e-book prices, and that Apple would not have to face any competition from Amazon on price."

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC

tuppe666 market share vs profits (127 comments)

I have seen lots of these posts, and there is lots of presidents to back it up. Directx was just another thing that was propping up Microsoft resilient monopoly on the desktop... A shrinking market... with ever growing refresh cycles, and Is increasingly dwarfed by the overall computer market that is mainly android... Using directx especially as a platform exclusive could simply cause this market share to shrink faster... For the sake of a few early conversions to a later version of its OS; there are other ways to milk it's hostages. This is not the same market that had Steve jobs begging like a bitch with patents for Microsoft's pocket change while apple is on its knees. This is Microsoft the hardware and services company. The one that is prepared to bet it's future on sneaking in an app store and a hardware lock, behind the metro(where are the windows never mind the start button) interface. No wonder stream is pushing Linux.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms DirectX 12 Is Alive and Well, Demo Coming At GDC

tuppe666 Why the hate (127 comments)

I get a little bored with the defence that people hate something implying that they are somehow emotionally against something. Directx was another single platform Microsoft APIs. Through dominance and laziness like internet explorer it has thrown away it's lead. Hate it... hardly notice it... Love the massive growth if cross platform gaming since Microsoft dropped the ball... high fives all around. Welcome to competition.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Council To Send Obese People 'Motivational' Texts Telling Them To Use Stairs

tuppe666 Council Money Well Spent (225 comments)

Council Gyms are not just on the decline but over twice the cost of private ones, due to subsiding public sector employees, and the unemployed. How about the focus should be on something obvious; cheap; without lock-in(long contracts - single visits expensive) sporting/exercise activities for everyone.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's IE Is the Most Targeted Application By Security Researchers

tuppe666 Where does it say old versions (96 comments)

Its clear that IE 10 and IE 11 improved on security.

Its not clear at all. In fact there is nothing in the article that suggests older versions being the problem. It is a disgrace how Microsoft treats its customers.

about 2 months ago
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NPR Labs is Working on Emergency Alerts for the Deaf (Video)

tuppe666 Maybe something more obvious (89 comments)

Like something small, personal, visual, that can provide vibrations and video that is always on....Like a Smartphone.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

tuppe666 Selective editing (219 comments)

Please look up what vaporware is.

Vaporware is a term in the computer industry that describes a product, typically computer hardware or software, that is announced to the general public but is never actually released nor officially cancelled.

The Apple smart watch is a rumor and speculation by people outside Apple. Apple might be working on a smart watch and may have been doing so for years, but Apple isn't going to announce it until it is ready for sale.

From your link "Vaporware is also a term sometimes used to describe events that are announced or predicted, never officially cancelled, but never intended to happen." it is the sentence after the one you quote. Never has a Username been so apt.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

tuppe666 Correct the Correction (219 comments)

the Slashdot crowd still hasn't gotten over the shock of people preferring simplicity and portability over features.

Actually most have their music on their phones. I use https://play.google.com/store/... Vanilla Music on Android. In fact people everywhere are ditching their iPods for Android.

I'd probably rewrite that to say that people are ditching iPods for smartphones -- unless you have an agenda.

Nothing to do with an Agenda...Although the fact that you did not want to correct iPod to MP3 Player Market screams at your own. The reality is the MP3 Market was the iPod market...in the same way the smartphone market is the Android market.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

tuppe666 Google is your friend (219 comments)

The iPhone arrived late? What else was available in 2007 with a touch screen, browser, etc? I mean I don't like them any better than the next guy, but I'm interested to know what prior art you speak of.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M... browsers have been available on phones since at least 1994 ironically the first example given fro a mobile browser is the Apple Newton!? It suggests the first mobile phones was in 1996 with " Unwired Planet (later to become Openwave) put their "UP.Browser" on AT&T handsets" So beating Apple by 11 years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T... capacitive touch screen work began in 1965!? Hell the nintendo DS even have touchscreen back in 2004. In fact a whole host of companies where working on todays capacitive phone around that time...including samsung. In fact famously the iPhone looks eerily similar to a Sony Prototype. Although here is the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L... LG Prada which was on the market 6 months before the iPhone.

The original iPhone was a hell of a device, but was built on established technology.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

tuppe666 Apple is a Joke (219 comments)

As the previous AC said, it was just like the typical "First!" posting on any forum.

Ironically Apples smartwatch is still vaporware. the Galaxy Gear is out and selling; I suspect a better Galaxy Gear Revision will be out before Apple gets itself organized. Samsung have learned having prototypes in the back room causes them to be kicked around in the courts over a few design/interface patents, because Apple said "First!". I am not sure who will control the smartwatch market or even if there is one, but if there is Samsung are in a strong position to capitalize on it...Apple not so much.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

tuppe666 Smartphone Revolution (219 comments)

the Slashdot crowd still hasn't gotten over the shock of people preferring simplicity and portability over features.

Actually most have their music on their phones. I use https://play.google.com/store/... Vanilla Music on Android. In fact people everywhere are ditching their iPods for Android.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

tuppe666 Lies and More Lies (219 comments)

Your writing is misleading - Xbox 360 sold maybe 80 million units up to and including last year, not last year. Big difference. And of course Apple TV is just at the beginning. But right now they are selling more than Xbox 360 every quarter, and have done for two years, and still increasing.

You are a fantasist; Sales of Apple TV (its 3rd Generation Product) over the last year has sold a (none too shabby) 6 Million units http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.... Its in its 3rd Generation and has been on sale 2007. Its market is now threatened by (media) consoles (and yes the xbox sells better...as does the Playstation note I don't separate the revisions), Intelligent Blu-ray players, Streaming devices like the Roku and Android devices, and the Chromecast, and that is without mentioning the massive growth of smartTV and similar products.

Apple TV could have been Apples next device. It isn't...it wasn't...it will never be. In my mind it is Cooks second biggest failure. His first not spending its cash horde on some serious acquisitions.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

tuppe666 Android killed the iPod (219 comments)

Or you can also state it as CmdrTaco's infamous quote about the iPod... "No wireless. Less space than a Nomad. Lame."

...and has been proved right. Android Phones have killed off the iPod market.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch

tuppe666 Apple Copied Creative (219 comments)

They are still testing something like this? Samsung's Galaxy Gear came out already. The capability to quickly bring attractive and reliable products to market is a key factor in modern electronics industry.

Why are they testing this iPod thing? I mean Creative Labs and others have come out with MP3 players already. The ability to quickly bring attractive and reliable products to market is a key factor in modern electronics industry (so there isn't a hope in hell this iPod thing will ever be a commercial success).

The thing is that first to market is not everything. You also have to design the stuff you bring to market well and Apple has a history of appealing to customers by successfully reinventing/redesigning stuff that others have implemented badly and Apple evidently believes they can do it again.

I leave the whole quote just to show how history is being slowly rewritten. The short version is Apple ripped off Creative Labs Menu and ended with Apple agreeing to pay Creative $100 million US. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power a Boost?

tuppe666 Xbox One Slow (220 comments)

The News here is that the Xbox is significantly crippled compared to the cheaper, less abusive opposition Sony!? Kinect is not the selling point to justify the Xbox's inflated Price. This is being reflected in the current sales numbers with worldwide sales being (almost) half that of that of the PS4 (or a little higher than the PS3) http://www.vgchartz.com/#This%.... The only other thing of note is software is no longer the significant factor it was in choosing a console. Personally though I have my eye on Android gaming.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Relaxing Xbox One Kinect Requirements, Giving GPU Power a Boost?

tuppe666 Apples vs Apples (220 comments)

Fact remains that even moderate PCs today outperform both the PS4 and Xbox One at a similar price point.

Not in your or mine wildest dreams

The PS4 from Wikipedia "The CPU consists of two quad-core Jaguar modules totaling 8 x86-64 cores. The GPU consists of 18 compute units to produce a theoretical peak performance of 1.84 TFLOPS. The system's GDDR5 memory is capable of running at a maximum clock frequency of 2.75 GHz (5500 MT/s) and has a maximum memory bandwidth of 176 GB/s. The console contains 8 GB of GDDR5 memory" for US$399.99, €399.99, £349.99

vs

For just the base unit of the PC for the same price http://www.amazon.com/Dell-Ins... Processor: Intel® Pentium® processor G2030 (3M Cache, 3.0 GHz), Memory (RAM): 4GB DDR3 SDRAM, 1600MHz-1X4GB, Storage (hard drive): 500GB Hard Drive, 3.5", 7200rpm, SATA, Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW Tray Load Drive, 16X, SATA Color: Black

I am a bit tired of these comments being modded up in the hope of PC gaming making a comeback.

about 3 months ago

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Apple has no Clothes

tuppe666 tuppe666 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

tuppe666 (904118) writes "The title maybe should be "The rise of Frankenstein Android" or "2013 the Year of Mobile Windows", but the slump in market share for the iPhone from 23.1% to 14.9% is the most shocking. Androids market share of hit a new high with 75%. Nokias 1:1 conversion to Windows Phone again fails as Symbian at 2.3% is still outselling Microsoft Phone at 2%.

Apples market slump for tablets mirrors that of the iPhone as the iPad drops to an all time low of 50.4% with Android taking up most of the excess, although some of it not in a form Google would like [Amazon hitting 9%]. Microsoft is still yet to make any impact in tablet market, and have positioned themselves squarely in the larger tablet market, an area Android has repeatedly failed to inroad [The Nexus 10 has not yet proved itself]. Although I am surprised at the lack of attention around devices like the $35 media tablet called Aakash"

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Girl Scouts Class

tuppe666 tuppe666 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tuppe666 (904118) writes "Never have I read such a web page it screams troll, it involves Gimp, FSF, copyright , Facebook, Women in computing and Girl Scouts. The story is a 'warts and' all blog post of two days Máirín Duffy teaching free software to girls and young women from USB Keys running Fedora Design Suite."
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