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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

whisper_jeff Advertise (249 comments)

Stop being lazy and advertise.

If you want to get your product in front of consumers, market it and put some effort into generating awareness. Stop expecting Apple to do it for you.

And stop blaming Apple for your failure due to your laziness.

about three weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

whisper_jeff Re:Hi speed chase, hum? (443 comments)

Wouldn't it be much better to deploy a helicopter, drone...

And, as soon as they deploy a drone, you'll be raging about the police flying big brother over your head.

No. Seriously. Do you honestly think people's reaction would be "hey, that's a smart idea" or do you think people would lose their shit? I know which one I would expect.

about 2 months ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

whisper_jeff Re:Creativity (209 comments)

But the founding and initial success of Apple would not have happened without Wozniak.

And you never, ever would have heard of Wozniak without Jobs.

Ever.

Wozniak needed what Jobs brought to the table as much as Jobs needed what Woz brought. Each, without the other, would have been nothing.

about 3 months ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

whisper_jeff Re:Please make it a mental one (625 comments)

Said like someone who has absolutely no understanding of what addiction is and how it might come about and a complete lack of compassion for those that suffer it.

You're addicted to something? Hey, just stop being addicted! See, problem solved!

Moron.

You make it sound like these people just need to make a choice and change their diets and the way they live. You fail to understand that, in their heads, they don't have a choice. For a whole myriad and complex collection of possible reasons, they eat and live the way they do because that's what they believe is their only choice.

That is addiction - a compulsion to act a certain way or do a certain thing with no sense of choice of being able to stop.

Sorry, but we don't live in your simplistic world.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

whisper_jeff Re:Share of warehouse inventory not good metric (179 comments)

I'm surprised that no law firm nor the SEC has taken action against Samsung for lying to their investors. I don't know for certain but I would assume that lying to one's shareholders is both illegal and worthy of a class action lawsuit. When I first saw the news that they'd lied - let's call it "misreported" - to shareholders, I assumed that was going to quickly lead to very bad things for them. So far, nothing. I'm surprised about that.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Continues To Lose Money With Each Surface Tablet It Sells

whisper_jeff Strategy Analytics? (179 comments)

People still put any trust in what Strategy Analytics has to say? Seriously?

Their numbers are routinely discredited, in the extreme. They aren't making slight errors - they are overtly fabricating numbers seemingly out of thin air all with an eye on, as they say on their own website, "improving competitive positioning" for their clients. They aren't a market analyst firm. They have clients and they serve the interest of those clients, up to and including creating the impression that their clients are performing in the market better than they actually are.

Even when confronted with hard numbers that show their figures are off by several million, they stand firm and do not correct their data. We're not talking about being off by slight degrees - we're talking about figures large enough to engulf the entire reported sales figures of major manufacturers. We're talking about things like figures including phantom product categories that nobody - nobody - can verify.

They are making shit up.

Come on - they aren't reliable even as one set of data points to be viewed alongside other analysts firms' data. I could make up numbers and be as reliable as they are. If we want to be taken seriously as knowledgable nerds, we have to stop putting any stock into anything that comes out of companies like Strategy Analytics.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

whisper_jeff Re:Erh... wouldn't it be smarter.... (244 comments)

Not allowed. If an in app purchase is offered and the same purchase is available on an external source, the price of the in app purchase cannot be higher.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

whisper_jeff Re:30% is such a nice cut (244 comments)

Or Google. https://support.google.com/goo...

And virtually everyone else that offers payment processing services

Sorry - you were attempting to imply that Apple was akin to the Mafia because they charge the same rate as everyone else for the same service. As you were.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

whisper_jeff Re:Are they allowed to do that? (244 comments)

In app purchases pay a 30% fee to Apple to payment processing, etc. Purchases made outside the app (ie: at a developer's website such as amazon.com) do not incur the 30% fee.

It's up to each developer to decide if the 30% fee is worth the ease of use and Apple handling all the payment processing or not. The vast, vast, vast majority of developers happily pay that fee. Amazon is the one high profile developer to buck that trend, first with Kindle and now with Comixology.

about 4 months ago
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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

whisper_jeff Suck It Up! (504 comments)

'When customers have the opportunity to reduce their use of a product or find another provider of such service, utility earnings growth is threatened," the report said. "As this threat to growth becomes more evident, investors will become less attracted to investments in the utility sector.''

Suck it up princess!

I know you're going to fight tooth and nail to get legislators to protect your business model but the writing is on the wall. Feel free to look up buggy whip manufacturers if you want to see how this story is going to end in the long run.

Oh, and if you think we, the public, are going to feel any sympathy for you as your business model gets replaced by newer and better technology, trust me when I say you're wrong. No sympathy. Adapt or die.

I know you think legislate or die are the options on the table but I assure you, it's adapt or die.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

whisper_jeff Re:It's OK for Apple but not Microsoft? (575 comments)

You're comparing a phone operating system to a computer operating system. Aside from both having the words "operating system" in their descriptors, they are damn near nothing alike.

How about you compare OSX and Windows? Oh. That's right. You're not doing that because then your attempt to paint Apple in a negative light would fall apart.

5, Insightful indeed... More like 5, Troll that we agree with.

about 5 months ago
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Apple's Spotty Record of Giving Back To the Tech Industry

whisper_jeff Re:They already "gave back" (268 comments)

Like every other company with a non-brain-dead accounting team.

No. Really. EVERY company does their best to reduce their taxes. Why aren't you vilifying all the other companies who tax advantage of legal tax deductions to reduce their tax burden?

And I'm willing to bet you, as an individual, did too. I bet you took advantage of some sort of tax break when you filed your taxes. Why should you be allowed to do so but not Apple?

No. Really. Answer that please. Why should you be allowed to benefit from any tax breaks but you vilify Apple for taking advantage of _LEGAL_ tax breaks to reduce their tax burden?

Don't worry. I know you won't answer because we both know what the answer is.

about 5 months ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

whisper_jeff Deniers (869 comments)

And yet the climate change deniers will CLING to that 1% and continue to stick their ignorant heads in the sand and pretend that we aren't messing up our climate.

about 5 months ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

whisper_jeff Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (408 comments)

I have largely given up any remaining hope that Slashdot can provide intelligent and informative discussion on most topics, especially any topic related to Apple.

Thank you for proving me wrong. That was an excellent and highly informative post. It makes me wistfully pine for the glory days of Slashdot...

Please consider this post a +1 Informative mod.

about 5 months ago
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What THE FUCK is up with autoplay on story pages?

whisper_jeff My Kingdom... (2 comments)

My kingdom for a method to TURN THIS THE FUCK OFF!!

Seriously, do these assholes want me to stop coming to Slashdot because this could well be the straw that breaks this camel's back. The quality of content and discussions has damn near bottomed out and now I am forced to listen to this shit, burning my bandwidth? Trust me, that won't last, one way or another...

about 5 months ago
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Apple, Google Go On Trial For Wage Fixing On May 27

whisper_jeff Re:Google's Firing of a Recruiter Made Jobs Smile( (148 comments)

Really? :) now equals "evil smiley"?

Since when did :) mean _EVIL_ smiley? When did this change happen? Last I heard it just mean "smile" and I've been on the internet a LONG time so you'd think I'd have heard that it had changed.

Oh. Wait. I see. You're trying to make Jobs sound more malicious by adding that little descriptor (while omitting any such ominous descriptors for Schmidt nor any Google people).

Biased much? :)

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Buying Oculus VR For $2 Billion

whisper_jeff Re: Farmville! (535 comments)

If Facebook has access to 3d virtual social contact, what do you think most users will use it for?

Hint: porn

about 5 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

whisper_jeff Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye (217 comments)

I understand the point you're trying to make but, in this case, it's not accurate. What you referenced were different things. What we were discussing are not different things.

I've corrected several people in this thread who have confused DPI and LPI because one is image resolution and the other is halftone print resolution. The two are different things. They are related in so much as they are involved in the quality of a final printed piece but they are different things.

DPI, PPI, and SPI are the same thing all measures of image resolution. They mean dots, pixels or samples per inch but that all is the same thing. They are a measure of how many units per inch are used to make up a digital image. They all mean image resolution.

A better computer example would be to discuss how RAM and Memory are two terms used to describe the same thing. It isn't quite the same thing but it's close enough to use as a parallel.

about 5 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

whisper_jeff Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye @ (217 comments)

LPI is lines per inch, and is used only when talking about text.

No, it isn't. It's also used to denote the resolution of a halftone screen.

Printer resolution and image resolution (DPI -- dots per inch) are the exact same thing.

Your desktop printer and the press that I send jobs to are not the same thing. Don't confuse the two.

about 5 months ago
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Oppo's New Phone Hits 538 PPI

whisper_jeff Re: approximately the resolution of an adult eye (217 comments)

The rule of thumb is 300 dpi for colour images, 600 dpi for greyscale, and 1200 dpi for bitmap. The less information per dot means more dots per inch are required to maintain the same effective resolution.

about 5 months ago

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Amazon Turns Off In App Purchases In iOS Comixology

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  about 4 months ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "Under the bold assumption that, since they were able to do it with books, they must be able to do it with comics, Amazon has decided to avoid Apple's 30% cut of in app purchases by removing the option from iOS users. It will be interesting to see if digital comic readers leap through the extra hoops to read digital comics on their iOS device or if Amazon has just signed the death knell for their new purchase as readers decide that buying a book and buying a comic aren't the same thing — that the extra hoops they're being forced to leap through simply aren't worth it for a comic that takes five minutes to read."
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Autoplay is Vile

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  about 5 months ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "For some odd reason, Facebook has decided to burn user's bandwidth with autoplay video clips rather than leaving the user to make a choice whether or not to click should they wish to watch a video (because one click must be hard...). Not wishing to be outdone, Slashdot has decided to jump on the autoplay bandwagon with possibly the most useless autoplay ever — audio clips that robotically read the content of the page you're reading. Now, it may just be an April Fools joke but, if not, short of disabling the "feature" or providing an easy way for users to turn it off, this will be the straw that breaks this camel's back and will be the end of me being a regular Slashdot reader. And, if it's an April Fools joke, it's moronic because, for the remainder of the day, I won't be reading Slashdot because, quite frankly, autoplay media is just that annoying. And we all know driving away readers is good for business..."
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"Market research" firm, Strategy Analytics, basically admits to lying

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  about 10 months ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes ""Market research" firm, Strategy Analytics, often the source for questionable tech industry headlines that portray Apple as a beleaguered company on the verge of failing, essentially admits to doctoring data to manipulate markets. As described on their website, they offer their clients a wide range of services including "influencing consumer behavior and buying preferences". The question of course becomes, with such an outright admission that they are attempting to manipulate the markets for their clients, why would any news agency relying on their "data"."
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Samsung Found to be Boosting their Benchmark Scores

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  about a year ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "AnandTech has discovered that Samsung has code that intentionally speeds up their Galaxy S 4, equipped with the first generation Exynos 5 Octa (5410) SoC from 480MHz up to a zippier 533MHz but only when the device is being benchmarked. The faster clock speeds do not accurately reflect the actual speed of the device since they cannot be accessed unless the device is being benchmarked which forces one to assume that Samsung is intentionally padding the numbers in an effort to look better in a highly competitive market. Presumably they've realized that running at the increased clock speed will devour battery life and heat the device up, two unfavorable results, but they want the prestige of the high benchmark results and figured speeding the device up only for benchmark tests was acceptable."
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Kim Dotcom search warrants "invalid," mansion raid "illegal"

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 2 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "The New Zealand police who were working on behalf of the FBI who were working on behalf of the MPAA and RIAA executed an illegal search warrant and unlawfully shared material with the FBI. I suspect the MPAA and RIAA will use this as an example of why search warrants need to be done away with so that pesky due process doesn't get in the way of their law enforcement efforts. You know, since the MPAA and RIAA are law enforcement agencies and all..."
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Posner Dismisses Apple/Motorola Case, With Prejudice

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 2 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "Judge Posner has dismissed the case between Apple and Motorola, with prejudice (meaning they can't refile), putting an end to this patent dispute between the two companies. Adding my personal opinion, I know many on Slashdot will be happy to hear Apple's lawsuit failed, I am happier to hear that Motorola has been prevented from abusing FRAND patents, a situation I feel could set a very bad, very dangerous precedent for the entire industry."
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Motorola Seeks 2.25% of Apple's Sales to Cover Essential Patent License

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 2 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "AppleInsider reports that "Recently uncovered court documents from Motorola's legal complaints against Apple have revealed that the handset maker is seeking 2.25 percent of Apple's sales of wireless devices in exchange for a patent license covering its standard-essential intellectual property." Now, I'm no legal expert but I'd think that 2.25% to one company is the very definition of NOT Fair nor Reasonable when it comes to a FRAND patent."
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Adobe Rumoured to Abandon Flash Mobile

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 2 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "Adobe has briefed its employees on the company's plans to abandon development of Flash player for mobile browsers. "Our future work with Flash on mobile devices will be focused on enabling Flash developers to package native apps with Adobe AIR for all the major app stores. We will no longer adapt Flash Player for mobile devices to new browser, OS version or device configurations. Some of our source code licensees may opt to continue working on and releasing their own implementations. We will continue to support the current Android and PlayBook configurations with critical bug fixes and security updates.""
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Google's Patent Complaints, Microsoft's Response

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  about 3 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "Endgadget has a story about how Google's Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, David Drummond, made bold complaints about what he calls a "hostile, organized campaign against Android by Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and other companies, waged through bogus patents." He further claims those efforts amount to a "tax" that makes Android devices more expensive for consumers and manufacturers alike, and that "instead of competing by building new features or devices, they are fighting through litigation." Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel, however has responded, tweeting "Google says we bought Novell patents to keep them from Google. Really? We asked them to bid jointly with us. They said no."Relatedly, as blogger John Gruber notes, if Google wanted to use the patents defensively, as they claim, what exactly does Google need to defend against, if not actual patents Android actually violates?"
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Jailbreaking iPhone now Legal

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes ""The U.S. government on Monday announced new rules make it officially legal for iPhone owners to "jailbreak" their device and run unauthorized third-party applications, as well as the ability to unlock any cell phone for use on multiple carriers."

I would imagine this news will hasten the (official) arrival of the iPhone on rival networks in the US."

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Canadian Copyright Lobby Astroturfs C-32

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "Michael Geist has an article bringing to light an astroturfing campaign by Canada's copyright lobby groups. "The copyright lobby, almost certainly led by the Canadian Recording Industry Association, has launched a major astroturf campaign in which it hopes to enlist company employees to register their support for Bill C-32 and to criticize articles or comments that take issue with elements of the proposed legislation." Needless to say, I think this encourages a letter to one's MP to make them aware of the astroturfing (and what it means) so that politicians won't be fooled by the fake groundswell of support for Bill C-32."
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Android Fragmentation/Obsolescence

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "Engadget has an interesting article up discussing whether or not Android is fragmenting. While the article discusses the concept that it may be more about handsets becoming obsolete at a dramatic pace rather than the OS fragmenting, it also begins by noting that there are currently five different versions of Android on the market, which implies there is a notable degree of fragmentation. Regardless of it being fragmentation or handsets becoming obsolete to new feature sets in a terribly short period of time, I believe this development cycle could turn casual consumers away and hurt Android's chances at long term mainstream success."
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Canadian DMCA Coming?

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "News has come out that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is planning on bringing the DMCA to Canada. As a Canadian, this disgusts me. Watching Harper sell out Canadians in favour of US lobby groups is an affront. I am hopeful that enough Canadians write to Harper and their MPs to voice their disapproval of this effort."
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Are the Thought Police Interested in Your Music?

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "The BBC is reporting that "a musician was questioned by rail staff for "suspicious behaviour" after writing a set list which included the band name The Killers." While I think the musician (Tom Shaw) was very kind and understanding, given the circumstances, this is yet another example of things being taken to laughable levels. Is there a point when those in power realize that they're going too far? One can only hope..."
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Throttle Shared Users (OSX) - Is It Possible?

whisper_jeff whisper_jeff writes  |  more than 4 years ago

whisper_jeff (680366) writes "I work in a design studio where the production director is also the owner's son (translation = he can do no wrong). He is fond of accessing a designer's computer via filesharing and working directly on files off of the designer's computers rather than transferring the files to his computer to work on them there. In so doing, he causes the designer's computer to grind to a near-halt as the harddrive is now tasked with his open/save requests along with whatever the designer is doing. Given that there is no way he's going to change his ways (since he doesn't see anything wrong with it...), I was wondering if there was a way to throttle a user's shared access to a computer (Mac OSX 10.5.8) so that his remote working would have minimal impact on our work. Google searches have revealed nothing helpful (maybe I should Bing it... :) so I was hoping someone with more technical expertise on Slashdot could offer a suggestion."

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