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* Posts by frankieh

11 posts • joined 22 Apr 2010

Oz parliament may investigate tech price discrimination

frankieh

What needs to happen.

If the government facilitated Grey markets by helping big retailers like Harvey Norman, Myers, bigW, Kmart etc to co-ordinate their Grey market efforts.. it would cause Grey market competition pricing and force local subsidiaries (IE Sony Australia, Alpine Australia Etc etc) to compete with global pricing. If they can't compete, then they need to negotiate better with their suppliers and cut expense until they can compete.

I notice that companies that gouge here in Au don't mention that their offices in every other country also pay rent and salaries and they somehow manage to price competitively.

The worst case I saw was years ago.. A Ford convertible (Capri I think) was actually built here in Australia, but was sold in the US for 13000, and here for 23k +. Because they knew people here are used to being gouged and would pay anyway.

That is what the retail slump is about.. The Internet has shown all Australians that we get gouged by all the companies we've been loyal too for years. I never buy electrical goods in Australia anymore because they don't respect me enough to give me a global price. The Internet isn't going away anytime soon so this awareness is going to grow not shrink and whining about slumping retail sales isn't going to change it. Retail sales are going fantastically, we're just buying online now to avoid being gouged.

If you want to keep the sales in Australia, it's time to pony up and be competitive.

This is also why people like Sony introduced DVD/blueray regions. So they could gouge us on movies as well.

What the government should have done back then was ban region locked DVD players from the Australian markets to stop that happening.

cheers

Frank

Perth Western Australia.

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The Great Smartphone OS Shoot-out

frankieh
Thumb Down

Not a like for like comparison.

Desire HD was officially released 14 May 2010, and you have that up against the very latest from Apple, Microsoft and Palm?

This review should have waited till the Galaxy Nexus was out.. or better yet, when the Galaxy Note, the current highest specced Android phone, gets its ICS update.

1. IOS has just recieved update.

2. WP7 just got mango.

3. ICS was not actually tested except on paper.

re-run the test on a Galaxy Note in a month or so and we'll see if ICS on high end hardware is up for the match up with the others. Lets compare like for like and get an actual relevant result.

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Verizon Wireless ends unlimited data plans

frankieh
Linux

diddums

You should try Australia, my 29 dollar a month gets me 500mb of data.

In Australia, the wireless companies bend you over and rape you because we don't have much choice, everything eventually comes back to Telstra/Vodafone/Optus. and they generally try to match each other.

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Microsoft bags two more Android patent deals

frankieh
IT Angle

prove it microsoft.

If there is an issue with infringed patents Microsoft, man up and prove it by taking google to court. I know it will cost you millions instead of making you millions, but at least you won't look like criminals and then the next time you claim you're open source friendly it will at least sound feasible.

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Ballmer leaves investors speechless in Seattle

frankieh

shame shame.

Apple and Android have done one huge thing for us.. something linux desktop never achieved.. It has shown people that the windows way isn't the only good way.. people don't "expect" a device to run windows anymore, so not doing so is no longer a show stopper for them.

Microsoft missed stepped on every tech trend except the Kinect.. and it's mostly ballmers fault. Iphone, ipod, HPC, Android, tablets, embedded etc etc. Increasingly the are trying to make money from patent extortion more than innovative products all the while complaining when they get stung with their own barb. (i4i anyone?)

Put a techie back in charge.

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World+Dog says 'no thanks' to 3D TV

frankieh
Headmaster

I got one

I just got one myself.. came with a 3d blueray and 2 pairs of glasses...

I'd say the lack of demand is because most people just bought a HD telly.. they are not yet looking to replace it just to get 3D...

But the biggest reason is content, I tried to buy some 3D bluerays at about a dozen shops in perth and not one of them had a single title..

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Google spits back at Oracle's Android suit

frankieh

write once run anywhere..

Since when has write once run anywhere actually worked anyway?

I work at a UNI and we are in Java hell here, each service that requires java needs a specific version so to get one working, we have to break another. If they can't even get that sort of compatibility, then mobility has no chance. On top of which, Davlik far outpaces JVM speed wise and that is important when competing with idevices etc.

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Fibre broadband is good for you, Conroy tells Aussies

frankieh
FAIL

not like the UK

yes, but does the UK block a whole heap of sites that are not kiddie porn (or even normal porn) and not tell you how or why.. only that they know what is best for us? Remember, Australia is the same place that doesn't have an adult category for games despite it being common knowledge to the decision makers that the average gamer over here is over 30 years old. As a result we have to illegally import such games as Manhunt and left for dead 2..

It's wrong for a guy who talks like he can't set the clock on his Betamax decide what the digital economy or the digital morality needs. He clearly doesn't have a clue.

The Labor party completely shut up about the filter over the election, because it would have cost them power. Had they been honest about it, the Liberals would be running the show now. They managed to make the NBN an election winner despite the fact that in less than 10 years it will be sold (probably to Telstra) for a fraction of what it cost us. The fact that Labor shut up about it during the election shows they thought it would be a deal breaker. So they actually KNOW it isn't mandated by the majority.

Sadly most Australia's are ignorant sheep who will consistently put their nose in the same hand regardless of how many times it slaps them.

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frankieh

pot meet kettle.

Thus far we only know that Turnbul seems well versed in IT technology, he has not said anything that wasn't true/sensible.

Then we have Conroy, who has a whole section on youtube about dumbass things he has said in interviews that show what a Luddite he really is. Spams and scams coming in though the portal is the funiest, but it's a long way from the only one.

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Oracle preps Google and Microsoft Office challenger

frankieh

what is in a name?

They can call the new Oracle Office app:

wait for it......

Oraffice

:-)

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Microsoft tests Facebook Office docs against Google

frankieh

a web browser?

Is it any web browser or just Microsoft's web browser? Knowing Microsoft's love of lock in.. I'd suggest if it isn't' IE only, they'll have somehow crippled the non IE versions claiming they are just not capable of the rich experience as IE.

It's funny, nobody else has any trouble writing rich AJAX web apps that are cross browser compatible, but Microsoft just can't seem to do it. Makes you wonder if the reason for it is either bad web developers (unlikely) or that they are trying to force IE on people.

We have huge troubles at work with exchange web access and sharepoint simply because Microsoft seems to feel obligated to try to use them to leverage IE rather than using open web standards like everyone else.

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