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Comment: Core business? (Score 4, Insightful) 219

by LordLucless (#48630045) Attached to: Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

...merge with AOL to cut costs and focus on the unglamorous core business that it has. Is it time for Yahoo! to "grow up" and set its sights lower?

What exactly is Yahoo's "core business"? Their webdirectory is defunct, search outsourced to Bing, and email largely been eaten by its competitors. I would have thought "settings its sights lower" would have involved winding up the company.

Comment: Re:Nope. That's not what happened here... (Score 1) 158

by LordLucless (#48628915) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

All Steam did is wall off a handful of regions where the local currencies are extremely volatile

The second reason is more complex and is down to differential pricing. Not every currency is of the same strength or stability.


ONLY for accounts gifting games to one another between the rest of the world and these tiny regions

Problem is, when you do that, you create a huge reverse-import problem; why would a US or European consumer pay the going rate in their territory for a locally-bought copy

Yeah, sorry bud. He exactly described what they did and why. They want to be able to take advantage of the Russian economy to target Russian consumers, but don't want to allow consumers to benefit from the same economic fluctuations.

Maybe you should work on your literacy levels instead of spending time thinking of insulting things to say about people whose posts you apparently can't comprehend.

Comment: Re:Why Steam? Why? (Score 1) 158

by LordLucless (#48628877) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

Let's say the game costs 10 times less in Russia. You ask Russian friend to buy it for you but you send him twice the amount required. That means you both got the game for 1/5th of the U.S.A. price. The game creators and Steam lose.

Which is exactly what's supposed to happen. If it's economically feasible for the game creators and Steam to sell games at 10% of the price in Russia, there's one of either two things happening:
1) The price they're selling for in Russa is sufficient to recoup their costs, and they're gouging Americans
2) They're forcing US customers to subsidise low Russian prices

"Region Locking" is really just digital protectionism. It's a way to let companies reap the benefits of globalism, while locking consumers out from doing the same. Companies are allowed to source widget/labour from countries overseas with smaller economies, but as soon as consumers do the same, it's time to start playing legal/technical games to keep them out.

Comment: Re:This is not the problem (Score 1) 658

by LordLucless (#48616017) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

The richest company in the world (Apple) makes products that are only intended for a very small percentage of even a wealthy nation's population (46.3% of households with iPads have income over $100k [comscore.com]).

What percentage of the US population has a household income of over $100k? In a two-income household, that's $50k each, which isn't a particularly high income here.

Comment: Re:been there, done that (Score 2) 279

by LordLucless (#48613311) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Case in point: One 'liberal arts' friend of mine plays the king of the White Walkers on GoT. Another works on The Daily Show. How's your job look now, keyboard monkey?

Pretty darn good.

You have one friend who plays a minor, non-speaking role in a popular TV series. How much did that net him, and how long is that job likely to last before his out looking for another one? You have another friend who "works" on The Daily Show. That could range from really impressive (he hosts it) to the rather unimpressive (he cleans up the studio after everyone's left).

I guess if you get your job satisfaction from tossing around the names of well-known TV shows, that's a good gig. I prefer job security and a good paycheck.

Comment: Re:They have good reason to be nervous (Score 3, Insightful) 280

by LordLucless (#48561177) Attached to: Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

It is like the owner of corner grocery charging everyone a dollar extra because he was robbed the previous evening.

Pretty sure grocery stores do pay for repairs/stock loss/insurance through increasing the price of their goods. How else would they do it?

Comment: Re:She's _4_ (Score 1) 584

by LordLucless (#48528251) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Or wasps, but that I can understand since they can actually hurt you.

And spiders can't? Maybe it's just because I'm an Australian, but spiders here can kill you, while a wasp sting is mostly just going to hurt like the blazes. I sort of assumed there were deadly spiders elsewhere, too.

Comment: Re:Walled Garden = Stewardship (Score 1) 89

by LordLucless (#48519179) Attached to: Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

This article is about such issues, though. If you have a walled garden, you're basically trading your freedom, for the ability to have someone else police the software, to presumably eliminate such threats.

That trade-off's value is entirely dependant on the quality of the policing done on the software inside the walled garden. Historically, Apple's been pretty good about it, too. But with people locked into the ecosystem by their prior app purchases, there's less and less incentive for apple to spend resources keeping the quality control high.

This could be just a blip that Apple will correct, and start maintaining high standards again. But it could also be the point at which the walled garden deal starts to turn sour, and people find they've been locked inside a garden nobody's looking after.

Comment: Re:Walled Garden = Stewardship (Score 1) 89

by LordLucless (#48518727) Attached to: Fraudulent Apps Found In Apple's Store

The thing is, Android is a capable of doing all those things (issuing refunds, punishing the vendor, etc) in it's store too, without a "walled garden" approach.

The walled garden metaphor refers to the iOS platform, where users can't install applications except through Apple's blessed appstore, not to the store itself.

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