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Comment: Well, duh. (Score 4, Insightful) 207

by Slarty (#34384880) Attached to: Microsoft Word Patent Case Going To Supreme Court

You root for Microsoft, of course. If you don't like Microsoft, you can choose not to use their software. But everyone is affected by the ridiculous state of the patent system right now. I'm not optimistic that the Supreme Court can/will restore any sanity, but it's a much bigger problem than any one company.

The Almighty Buck

Record-Breaking Black Friday For eBay's PayPal 115

Posted by Soulskill
from the conspicuous-consumption dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "eBay's PayPal division reported that PayPal processed 20 percent more transactions on Black Friday compared to last year. PayPal didn't release the total payment volume, but claimed that its Payflow Gateway system processes nearly a quarter of e-commerce, while its direct sales numbers reflect 12 percent of all e-commerce. In general, reports from a number of e-tailers and retailers indicated that consumers spent more on Black Friday than in 2008, when the United States was in the midst of a recession. However, it's still unclear whether shoppers bought more on Black Friday, when they could expect a discount on what usually is one of the busiest days in the holiday season, or whether the pattern will continue. In 2008, shoppers stopped buying in early December, a shock that the US economy felt well into 2009." How did your Black Friday turn out? Did you wait in endless lines and contribute to the trampling deaths of fellow shoppers, sit at home and help take down your favorite online retailer's servers, or eschew the process altogether?

Comment: Re:Great, can't wait until there's a Linux driver (Score 1, Insightful) 102

by Slarty (#29512469) Attached to: Promised Platform-Independent GPU Tech Is Getting Real

We live in a world where thousands of children starve to death every day, people are killed or imprisoned for expressing their beliefs, women/minorities/everybody are oppressed, and few people really care about any of it, because it's all someone else's problem. I find it kind of funny (and more than a little sad) that the use of a driver can be blithely written off as "immoral" just because you can't download the source.

Comment: Ignore it? (Score 0, Flamebait) 635

by BigZaphod (#28202789) Attached to: You've Dropped Your Landline — Now What?

I haven't subscribed to a landline telephone service in at least 7 years. I've never had an irrational desire to make use of those few little wires running through the walls in all that time. Just think, someday when little Tommy asks, "Daddy, what are these strange holes in the wall for?" you can share with him your fond memories of the technology of yesteryear. He will then share with you just how old he thinks you and the house are by saying, "you used to talk with wires?!?!"

Comment: Seems silly. (Score 1) 115

by BigZaphod (#28101993) Attached to: Chemical "Infofuses" Communicate Without Electricity

This doesn't seem like a significant improvement over, say, carrying a pencil or marker, some paper, and a flare. Write message on paper, strike flare, hold up paper, and hope the good guys have a pair of binoculars handy and happen to notice you.

It seems like if you got into a situation where you couldn't use electronics but were close enough for someone else to see you and you didn't care if the enemy sees you, either, the set of messages would be pretty small. Probably mostly along the lines of, "OH SHIT! SEND TANK!"

Comment: Silly question (Score 1) 480

by BigZaphod (#27097435) Attached to: Can SSDs Be Used For Software Development?

I've been developing iPhone apps on my 15" SSD MacBook Pro since they were released in September-ish? The SSD is awesome-fast compared to normal laptop HDDs. I have a friend who installed his own SSD before Apple was selling them as a BTO and his is still running fine, too. You'll likely upgrade before you hit any SSD writing limits anyway. It's not something I'm even remotely worried about. If the drive does happen to fail, that's what AppleCare and backups are for. :)

Comment: Re:Trism (Score 3, Insightful) 437

by BigZaphod (#26070207) Attached to: iPhone App Pricing Limits Developers

No, he made a bunch of money because he was there on day one with a ton of press lined up and ready to go and managed (against all odds, IMO) to actually be one of the more decent games at launch. (The prices were a lot higher back then, too, since no one knew how the market would evolve.) He either got lucky or was a marketing genius... The app doesn't sell for $4.99 anymore, either. I'm leaning towards luck.

Comment: Why not donations? (Score 1) 532

by BigZaphod (#25965381) Attached to: Teacher Sells Ads On Tests

I don't get why these local businesses and parents are willing to pay for ads on a math test when they could just drop off a ream of paper and a laser printer cartridge instead?

Why doesn't the teacher just ask for the supplies that are needed? Have kids bring them to school in exchange for some kind of bonus/credit/bragging-rights or something! Does it really have to jump straight to advertising? On a freaking TEST? Come on!

Comment: Re:tagged !encyclopedia (Score 3, Interesting) 186

by BigZaphod (#25927333) Attached to: Improving Wikipedia Coverage of Computer Science

Yeah.. tell that to some of the admins over there... The way they reject things for being non-notable (as if there was a lack of space in wikipedia) and the other rules they fling at people sometimes, it's getting to where whole areas of the site aren't worth even trying to edit anymore simply because of the egos that might be stepped on.

Comment: Beware of posting your own research... (Score 5, Insightful) 186

by BigZaphod (#25927043) Attached to: Improving Wikipedia Coverage of Computer Science

A problem to watch out for is that if you add your own research to Wikipedia (even with all the proper citations), you'll get slapped by some self-important wikipedian because it is apparently wrong and evil to have the person directly responsible for the research itself to be included in the creation of encyclopedia content about said research.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy