734 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007
Re: Wholesale vs Price Fixing
Apple say, "Sell via us, and you can set any price you like, as long as we get 30% and you sell no cheaper through any other outlet."
Publishers respond, "So, we can set our price at whatever we like, and we can use our deal with Apple as an excuse not to lower it for anyone? Done!"
Amazon: "Hey, what happened to our volume discount?"
Publishers: "You know, it's a real bummer, but we signed this deal with Apple, so we can't offer you lower prices anymore."
Amazon: "That's really going to cut into our sales of both ebooks and ebook readers."
Publishers: "Suck it, Amazon. Suck it long and suck it hard."
Ironically, if the publishers had just negotiated harder with Amazon in the first place, they wouldn't be in this situation.
Re: The start of a beautiful friendship
Two people (so far) have missed the subtle irony in your post.
Re: Sense as prevailed across the pond...
I would point out that you are referring to the Republic of Texas, not the USA. We take no responsibility for those yahoos.
Re: mmmm.. whisky
Hell, it's 6:00 AM somewhere.
Welcome to The Register. Here's your hanky.
"I have literally no idea why anybody would want to use Facebook, ever.
That really should be an end to the matter. Off you go now."
Ah, it's the ever-popular geek fallacy of generalizing from one's own needs and desires. You prefer not to use Facebook, so everyone who uses it is an idiot. I'm sure that argument is very persuasive in real life.
Re: It's funny that....
You want to know how I know you didn't read the article?
"Touched by his noodly appendage" would also be pretty secure. RAmen.
"Please remain where you are. An angry mob will be around shortly to stone you to death."
Re: Not an iThing-
Quite right. Why, I remember my time in the gulags of Mountain View like it was yesterday: being force-fed energy drinks until my bladder ached and my eyes watered, geeks with neck-beards shrieking at me to "Kiss the penguin," and Sergei Brin himself screaming "BOOM! HEADSHOT!" at me endlessly and dipping his hideous, misshapen scrotum onto my forehead.
No, wait, none of that ever happened.
Get a grip, or at least a sense of perspective.
When I worked at Be, we had an employee-submitted list of failed slogans for BeOS. The two memorable ones which are apropos of Google+ were:
"BeOS: It sucks less than you might think."
Followed by (as the fate of the company became increasingly apparent):
"It doesn't suck less enough."
G+ definitely sucks less than you might think (far less than, for example, Facebook), just as BeOS sucked less than Windows or MacOS, but it doesn't suck less enough for people to make the move.
Meeeeeemories . . .
In fairness to Tzael, it was possible to disable Metro in the Developer Preview with a registry hack, which has now been disabled, so s/he may be operating on outdated information.
Making of . . .
I can only assume that the "Making Of" video is non-stop footage of a bunch of geeks sitting in front of their computers coding away. That should make for some fun viewing at parties: watch your guests suddenly remember important dental or proctology appointments!
Re: Silly idea
What to do
If only there were some large island nearby that had historically been used to exile criminals, perhaps Mr. Dotcom could be sent there for life and the US could be spared the effort of extradition.
Re: Phew! (ahem...)
WHAT?! Since when?
Re: What's a CIO?
The feigned ignorance and implied superiority of "what's a . . . ?" decidedly lose their punch these days, as it really implies you are so profoundly stupid and lazy that you can't type it into a search engine.
For example: http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=cio
Re: Did I misread that?
No, they mean the Internet. You see, back in the Dawn of Time . . . no, you know what, go read a book, or even a Wikipedia article. Here's a hint, though: look up ARPAnet.
Re: Solar = Joke
I was going to downvote you until your last sentence. Then I downvoted you anyway.
Re: Re: 290 Light Years Distant?
I just a whole galaxy. The whole thing!
Re: Oh it's you
Here's a question for the ages: is there such a thing as an anonymous sock puppet?
Re: Re: For once, an FCC ruling with which I can agree...
In point of fact, this is not a case of bureaucrats interfering unnecessarily. This is a case of bureaucrats interfering exactly as they're supposed to, in order to prevent calamity and mayhem.
Excuse me . . .
. . . that's "made love."
No, no, no
This is all just so you can run Lotus Notes at speeds greater than a crawl.
It was reported some time ago in a newspaper editorial that virtually every member of Congress listed "The Sound of Music" as his/her favorite movie. The commenter went on to note that is was a sad state of affairs that either this was an accurate survey or that the members of Congress thought that's what the electorate wanted to hear.
That said, it would have been awesome if there had been some tracks from $MyFavoriteIndieBandBeforeTheyTotallySoldOutAndWentMainstream.
Wait for it . . .
Cue the "Western governments are no better" comments in . . . dammit, too late.
Write once, run anywhere . . . no wait, rewrite from the ground up for new platform.
In truth, I also have a foot in both worlds (multiple, actually, since I do a lot more than Windows, including both Linux and Unix), but I knew that there would be tiresome, predictable basement-dwelling Linux fanboy trollery afoot, so I decided to get in a preemptive strike.
In before . . .
. . . the Linux geeks declaring the only tool they need to fix Windows is a Linux installation CD.
Good list, btw. Bookmarked.
I'm one of the few people to own a Zune HD, and a big part of the reason was that it came with 64 GB onboard for at least $100 cheaper than an iPod Touch with equivalent storage. For anyone with a sizable music library, especially one with high-resolution audio files, 32 GB is inadequate, although it's better than the 4-8 GB that seems standard with most other brands.
Better check his truck . . .
. . . for space herpes before impounding it.
Flash will protect Firefox by crashing. No, wait, that's the current behavior.
I, for one . . .
. . . expect a series of well-considered and reasonable responses to this article.
I just wanted to point out the fact that the article is about *tendencies*, not absolute guarantees of behavior. But you keep whacking that straw man until he falls over.
On the plus side, he was complimented by the other players in his game for the sudden improvement in his manners and demeanor!
"The problem with smart phone spelling I've found lies with Android."
http://damnyouautocorrect.com would beg to disagree.
I'll say this for him . . .
. . . he may be opinionated, but at least he's an asshole about it.
Ooh, I've got one . . .
Manos: The Hands of Fate -- now available on Blu-Ray!
On the one hand, I hate censorship. On the other hand, I hate Dickens. I think my emotional state, overall, is one of schadenfreude.
I wonder how they handle the name of the author of many classic science fiction novels, Philip K. ****.
Well, yeah, except that it gets redistributed to lawyers.
No, no -- you're thinking of the "Samsung Galactic Gargle Tabster."
I'm going, I'm going . . .
Isn't that what The Tick would yell if he were Spanish?
Instead of this report, I will instead place my faith in your anecdotal evidence, which I'm sure provides a much broader and more insightful perspective of the global smartphone market.
I don't have any comment about the Apple vs. Motorola case; I just came in here to rant angrily about the mention of Florian Mueller.
<Pedantic comment about how it's impossible to grow anything on the moon due to the absence of water and oxygen which totally misses that the previous comment was a joke.>
No more Veritas? NO MORE VERITAS?
Sounds good. Why don't you go out and get all those vendors to cooperate with such a plan? I'll wait, but I won't hold my breath.
Pre-crime. The software is trying to identify people who *actually* are going to run the light, and some people run red lights accidentally. Thoughtcrime would be catching them if they thought about running it, whether or not they actually did.
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