4813 posts • joined 28 May 2010
Re: Does not matter
If you make $0 profit after R&D, paying all your staff, etc, you are still sustainable.
200m seems an OK profit to me, they're working on a margin of ~15%, considering how much they're spending.
Re: Of these DAU/MAU figures, what would be really interesting
Seems you are looking for data to fit your opinion rather than being objective about it.
For one thing, how do you know a smartphone counts as a daily user if it is not actively used to check the site?
Your theory also has a big hole, that people change phones quite often on average so those who are "over it" would get weeded out every time they upgrade. Of course there'd be some lag...
There's a difference between a technical DRM solution which stops you installing it, and a license which simply says "you can only use it on 3 devices".
Re: not like reality at all
All scientific studies commissioned by those who like piracy you mean. Studies commissioned by games companies show the opposite.
Re: Oh the hypocisy
It's not illegal to rip off another game otherwise we'd never have had Unreal, Crysis, etc. It is illegal to pirate it.
What a surprise
A website like El Reg which has a high proportion of freeloading pirates views this negatively. While a website predominantly for game developers (professional and hobbyist) views it as a great idea http://www.gamedev.net/topic/642460-ironic-game-gets-pirates-to-feel-the-sting-of-piracy/)
Almost like both sides are speaking out of self-interest.
Re: Was there a Demo version?
If the game's costing $8, it's not too unreasonable to buy it on a whim if reviews are OK (are there any?)
Loads of people who would buy a full version if they had no other choice, would still pirate a free copy. That doesn't mean every pirate copy is a lost sale, more the reverse - people used to pursue cheap imports in the old days in the same way.
Those who simply want to pirate will not buy games, but many genuine would-be buyers are lost when a free copy is so easy to get.
Re: HAH! Yeah, err, no thanks.
"And not just for the passport stuff but for the social network crap too"
Presumably that's for those who are happy to use their FB logon as a SSO rather than having 8 gazillion accounts, which is fair enough as long as it's not mandatory.
Are those ripples around each atom a visible realisation of quantum probability wavefronts or just an artifact?
Okay, but why bother?
Because they can.
It's as much a farce as the extradition of Abu Hamza
Well the PS4 has switched to using standard PC components...
Re: Internet connection required
There were rumours the PS4 would be like that too. They are merely rumours.
The innards are cool but where are the 28 dials?
Re: I know who I believe,
A sample of 1 is always so compelling. Doubly so when posting as AC.
Market share of market share of new devices?
Which is being measured and valued? For instance BB/MS could have 5% of the total market share but be selling 20% of new phones (in theory) and this would give two very different pictures.
Re: Milk in "risotto"?
Risotto does look a bit rank but many nice foods do.
Re: The hunger will fade I think.
With rice you can eat as much as you want for £1 a day I reckon so pure bulk isn't an issue?
Sod that, fry them with some scrambled eggs!
Re: Price: Quantity vs Quality
Plus data loss - it's reasonable to assume data obtained in the field is not backed up until they return.
Not the concept, just the implementation on this model. What's the point of a tablet that is rain-proof if you can't actually use it outside - half the use-cases involve using it in situ not repairing to the van to enter the data.
Yeah, loads of benefits claimants know about Linux.
Re: Do you know anyone on benefits? No, didn't think so
But the stereotype of the doleite who can afford Sky, fags, booze and a PS3 is very much true.
If you're on benefits, how do you even afford a smartphone?!
I've heard you can get a slab of sausage in a phone booth but that is a bit different.
Last all week?
Without going off?
It does, it says they are rich.
It's quite amazing Apple have damn near half the entire smartphone market in the US.
The judge should ... put all of Samsung and Apple patents in the public domain
Yeah and maybe demand they give all their phones away for free.
Re: Nice shopping
This is like Terry Pratchett's assertion that the rich can live for less than the poor because they can buy boots which cost 10X as much but last forever while the poor have to buy cheap ones that only last a year or two?
If you hard-boil them then it's a whole other sandwich - equally toast and fried/poached/scrambled egg or even toast & soldiers.
However I hope your loaf doesn't go mouldy...
Yeah who'd have thought Google would be as evil as to try and make money from their software.
Sci-Fi has been suggesting that for decades, or at least that we'll speak a special dialect when conversing with computers.
Re: Ah, more competition ..
You probably should stay off the internet if you're that paranoid.
Re: I'll check it out.
Normal people do not buy a phone based a on a list of statistics. It would be like buying a car purely for it's bhp and 0-60 rather than things like ride comfort, styling. etc.
Re: Landfill Android?
Clearly you have insider knowledge of MS patent portfolio in order to state that MS are FALSELY claiming people owe them money?
No Gorilla glass
Surely everyone puts a screen protector on their pricey smartphone anyway so the smeariness issue is moot?
I'm very tempted to upgrade from my 610 but I guess I'll wait a bit. At this end of the market, it does sound a very good deal - for a basic smartphone apps are less of an issue I would imagine too since that's not what we want a budget phone for.
Re: Brilliant initiative from Google's end
Making it hard to spot you're wearing them is a way off but you can already buy a hidden camera that lives in a button if you want to.
Re: Targeted advertising...?
If you wear them when naked it will be able to tell if you do...
Yeah, I mean your Android phone is just a constant barrage of targeted advertising, all over the homescreen, during phone and video calls, etc.
Glass is just another Android device.
Re: Back from the brink?
WP is objectively a great OS, certainly not pants. People who don't know what an OS is probably shouldn't use the term.
"very much loved"
For social justice surely.
Re: Dear God
You need to learn about the reduced section and when the fill it up. I know a married couple who lived off £10 for their groceries as their regular life, and it wasn't even like they were just surviving, they could rustle up quite nice meals.
"By living off just £1 per day for food for 5 days, you will be bringing to life the direct experiences of the 1.4 billion people currently living in extreme poverty and helping to make real change."
In many of the poorest countries, £1 would buy you 3 meals... hell in some countries you could buy 3 beers with £1!
Re: Why does it have to be in a phone?
Maybe that's how you treat your pets, but not the rest of us.
Re: Revolutionary small payment method
Don't be silly. He has such an important life, those 20s could be used posting a sarcastic comment on the internet. People need to live more relaxed lives...
Taking a card out of my wallet is ... quicker than loading a phone app
Isn't the point that you don't have to load an app?
I never really understood why Amazon have their own branded credit card. It doesn't seem to fit in with their other products and they seem relatively focused on their target markets (unlike Tesco for example). Other than a bit of extra cash, is there some good business logic for doing this?
Re: Wandering lonely
You mean shifting from crummy local Windows infrastructure to scalable, efficient open-source stack?
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