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Comment: Verizon, Sprint, & T-Mobile don't sell iPhones (Score 1) 514

by Amigori (#33129170) Attached to: Android Outsells iPhone In Last 6 Months
Five things:
  1. 1. When 3 of 4 major carriers don't sell the iPhone, the sales numbers for other devices could be much higher than those of the iPhone.
  2. 2. Android phones are the first phones in a long time to have a mass appeal of "doesn't suck" or "not corporate", i.e. Palm/Windows Mobile and Blackberry.
  3. 3. Consumers that are happy with another carrier, or don't want to switch to ATT, can finally upgrade to a phone with iPhone-like features.
  4. 4. Consumers who were in the market for an iPhone waited for v.4.
  5. 5. Price.

Seems simple enough to me.

Comment: Standalone Networks (Score 1) 819

by Amigori (#31102890) Attached to: Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update Phones Home Quarterly
I manage a small group of machines that are connected to each other, but never to the Internet. Our customer asked for the Vista upgrade, paid for proper licensing, we installed Vista in a small test group, customers were happy. Vista failed, customers were extremely unhappy.

This is the sole reason that we haven't migrated all the clients to Vista. And why we had to rollback the test group back to XP. Vista's phone-home cycle is 180 days, then it lies to you and says that "Hardware Changed..." and drops the computer into its restricted use mode.

There is a solution for this problem, Microsoft Key Management Services (KMS). We SAs are ready to deploy KMS, but have run into management resistance for 6+ months now. Vista left such a bad impression with them, they decided to just wait until we migrate to Windows 7 to setup KMS. And that won't happen until the next hardware refresh cycle, so maybe 1Q2011.

Once you have KMS, the 180- to 90-day change really isn't that big of a deal.

Comment: Who's hosting the Game? Sony or Publisher/Dev? (Score 4, Interesting) 212

by Amigori (#31020250) Attached to: Sony May Charge For PlayStation Network
Here's how I see it:
  • Playstation Home? Charge for it. I used it a few times when I first signed up, but it doesn't really do anything. I'm sure the costs outweigh the virtual trinkets and mini games they sell.
  • Playstation Store? Access needs to be free. Any store costs should be included in the price of the game/movie/tv show/theme pack/etc. Plus, on the movies side, it costs enough already to rent or buy movies.
  • Multiplayer Games? Who is hosting the server? EA, R*, etc? The hosting cost should be figured into the price of the game. Or they (Pub/Dev) charge a separate subscription fee. Sony hosting the server? Charge for it, XBox Live style.

I have no issue with paying for PSN as long as the price is reasonable. I paid for XBox Live for years, before I got rid of my XBox. $60/yr is perfect, $5/mo. That's $5m per month with 1m users (random user number). I couldn't see servers, bandwidth, datacenter, licensing, and power costs being beyond $60m per year, but then again, IANA MMO SysAd. Any more than $60, and it will fail. Maybe they could get away with a $100/yr price if they included a full Skype client, with video...maybe.

Comment: It was the chipset, stupid (Score 1) 297

by Amigori (#29004177) Attached to: Is Intel Killing 12-Inch Displays On Netbooks?

I've been looking for a replacement for my 12" G4 Powerbook and looked at the Dell Mini 12. Good dimensions and screen resolution, but what killed it for me was the Intel GMA 500 chipset and Atom N530. Underpowered and overpriced, plus flaky compatibility and lousy battery life. Its like a TFT maker had leftover panels and Intel had the junk leftover from making "quality" GMA 9x0 and N2x0 parts and sold it to Dell real cheap.

Roll in a candy coating and sell it for $100+ more than the good Mini 10 series and presto! A line that will be quickly discontinued because the geeks that actually buy netbooks know better.

Comment: Re:Most deserving (Score 1) 829

by Amigori (#28786267) Attached to: F-22 Raptor Cancelled

What's amusing to me is that if you want to education or health care funded in the US, you have to lobby Congress like hell to fund it.

What's amusing to me is that people think education or health care is a proper role for the Federal Government.

What's amusing to me is that people think education or health care is a proper role for unaccountable entities whose primary responsibility is profit.

I don't think Shakrai was implying that education and health care should be run by for-profit corporation. Only that they should not be run by the Federal government. While I like my private health insurance, I believe that education should be run by the local government. Afterall, they should understand the local community better than any bureaucrat in D.C. or a state capital.

Movies

+ - Behind the Scenes of Star Trek, X-Men Prequels->

Submitted by
Amigori
Amigori writes "Star Trek fans interested in some behind-the-scenes, business-oriented info about the new film should pick up today's Wall Street Journal or click here for the story, "Hollywood is Betting on Prequels for This Summer Blockbuster Season." While other titles are mentioned, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "Terminator Salvation," and "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," the article is clearly focused on the Star Trek franchise.

The new "Star Trek" movie, opening next month, boldly goes where no "Trek" film has gone before: back to the beginning. It's set in the decades before the start of the TV series, returning to the young adulthoods of space adventurers James T. Kirk and Spock and their first voyage on the Starship Enterprise.

Some of Hollywood's biggest franchises, including "X-Men" and "Terminator," are taking a similar back-to-the-future approach this summer. To refresh familiar film sagas and grab new audiences, studios are increasingly offering up stories that trace the early years of popular characters and tell epics from their beginnings.

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Link to Original Source

Comment: Game Starvation! (Score 3, Interesting) 272

by Amigori (#27683415) Attached to: Piracy and the PSP

As a gamer, I've had my eye on a PSP for a while now, mainly for the piracy/hack factor. Its a nice little system that would be great for emulation and PSP games. But what is killing this system, other than the DS, is the Game Starvation. All one needs to do is compare the review lists at IGN (or your favorite game site). Games come out weekly for the DS, in bulk. Games come out in spurts for the PSP, a few here and there, sometimes months apart.

  • DS = Lots of games, great and shovelware, ports, remakes, and originals
  • PSP = Few games, mostly PSOne ports or remakes, not much original content outside of LocoRoco and Patapon. It doesn't help that the devs half-ass most of the ports/remakes.

Plus when you go to the store, the PSP section always looks like a clearance section. Few games, broken/off displays, lots of empty spaces signifying "better days," and the same few crap games they had last time you stopped in.

Games sell systems. And "50 million" PSP gamers should be large enough to sell new, quality content to. Lack of games and a great system to do emulation on equals high piracy numbers. And lack of software sales is DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE to available content. Just put together a Virtual Console like Nintendo with legal emulation and see how your software sales do.

Sony, want to turn your PSP software sales around? Then 1) sell the damn thing to developers! Your claimed user base should be more than enough to attract some good shops with interesting ideas and IP. 2) Hire new merchandise reps. Your store displays suck. 3) Keep publishing older games and keep them in stock. To sell more games they have to be available. 4) Stop trying to make every game a port or offshoot of a PS2/PS3 game.

Comment: Re:So how does that work for imports and exports? (Score 1) 784

by Amigori (#27601631) Attached to: The End of Tax-Free Internet Shopping?

When I'd go to Montreal, I'd get hit for GST and QST when I bought stuff. Then when I got back to Michigan, I was supposed to pay Duty/Use Tax for it. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that there's some IRS tax form that you can fill out to get GST and QST back, but unless its a big purchase, its more hassle than its worth. Granted, I was physically there and not shopping online.

It wouldn't surprise me though if us Americans enacted a sales tax based on company location, the Canadians would quickly pass something similar. So buy a product from NY, pay NY tax; buy QC, pay QC tax; buy CA, pay CA tax, etc. If this is the case, I can see many web businesses that aren't more than a warehouse and a website moving to low-tax locations to give them an advantage in pricing. Especially if the difference is great enough to justify the move. Or if the law allows to reincorporate in a "cheap" state and/or have a payment processing clerk there. 5 states have no sales tax: Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon.

Medicine

Is Your Mood a Result of Where You Live? 364

Posted by samzenpus
from the home-is-where-the-misery-is dept.
Ed writes "Apparently, the Centers for Disease Control released a study indicating that geography can have a significant impact on mood. You may not be surprised to learn that Kentucky is more depressing than Hawaii. However, ranking up there with Hawaii are Minnesota, the Dakotas and Wisconsin. Frustratingly, they have not yet published the study on the web, so it is left as an exercise for the reader to find the original study and post a link for the rest of us."

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long

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