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Comment: Re:Define "a lot"... (Score 1) 426

by Scuff (#33594550) Attached to: Left-Handed Gamers Getting Left Behind?
Your numbers looked good until you got to the DSi. You just estimated that 57% (172k/300k) of DSi owners are left-handed, (and then dismissed it because of market size!) One of your sales numbers is off by a lot. For simplicity, we could just assume 30k, 10% of DSi sales. I suspect it's a little higher, since among gaming systems, the DS in general has more left-handed owners than other consoles since there is usually pretty good support for moving buttons to the other side if you want to use a stylus with your left hand. (I'm a left-handed DS owner myself) I have the impression the DSi download market is pretty low in general.

Comment: Re:Why a smartphone? Google voice + prepaid is bes (Score 1) 199

by Scuff (#31448930) Attached to: Best Smartphone Plan Covering US and Canada?
Some smartphones don't store the maps on the phone, they pull the map data from the internet as they go. You should always at least have the option of caching the maps, but it isn't always default. So in some cases the phone may know the GPS location but not what's around it.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 480

by Scuff (#28956029) Attached to: Can We Abandon Confidentiality For Google Apps?

Think about it... you are getting standard edition for "free". Google wouldn't do unless some non-trivial number of users is READING and CLICKING on those ads. If your secretary is working on a budget spreadsheet, and gets distracted by an google ad in the corner of her spreadsheet, gets distracted and clicks on it, and goes browsing for 20 minutes as a result... that costs you money. And THAT is PRECISELY what your beloved partner google is counting on. THAT is their entire business model. Give you the app for free, and then extract a profit by luring your staff to click ads instead of work.

There are no ads in google docs.

Privacy

Wikipedia Opts Out Of Phorm 98

Posted by timothy
from the phorm-of-their-objection dept.
ais523 writes "Wikipedia (and other websites run by Wikimedia) have requested to opt-out from Phorm; according to the email they sent, they 'consider the scanning and profiling of our visitors' behavior by a third party to be an infringement on their privacy.'" Another reader points to this post on techblog.wikimedia.org which includes a confirmation from Phorm that those sites will be excluded.
Books

Lose Your Amazon Account and Your Kindle Dies 419

Posted by timothy
from the just-give-us-the-money-and-nobody-gets-hurt dept.
Mike writes "If you buy a Kindle and some Kindle ebooks from Amazon, be careful of returning items. Amazon decided that one person had returned too many things, so they suspended his Amazon account, which meant that he could no longer buy any Kindle books, and any Kindle subscriptions he's paid for stop working. After some phone calls, Amazon granted him a one-time exception and reactivated his account again." Take this with as much salt as you'd like.
Math

Quantum Theory May Explain Wishful Thinking 415

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the over-your-head dept.
explosivejared writes "Humans don't always make the most rational decisions. As studies have shown, even when logic and reasoning point in one direction, sometimes we chose the opposite route, motivated by personal bias or simply 'wishful thinking.' This paradoxical human behavior has resisted explanation by classical decision theory for over a decade. But now, scientists have shown that a quantum probability model can provide a simple explanation for human decision-making — and may eventually help explain the success of human cognition overall."
Networking

James Bond Villain Data Center 103

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-expect-you-to-die dept.
jeet writes "Data centers are boring and NOCs are doubly so. But this one sure beats all of them. Found this video of a data center suited for james bond villain on Data Center Knowledge website. The facility is established in a hydrogen bomb safe bunker and has generators used in German submarines. The CEO takes you around and shows some other cool features."

Comment: Re:How about DRM? (Score 3, Informative) 243

by Scuff (#27529879) Attached to: GameStop Selling Games Played By Employees As New
You can get downloadable versions of Abe's Odyssey and Exodus from steam relatively cheaply. It's $15 for both right now, which isn't great, but a couple weeks ago they had the pack onsale for $2.50. Might be worth looking at next time Steam has a big sale, if you're in the nostalgia mood again.

Comment: Re:Earth to Guitar Hero: (Score 1) 86

by Scuff (#27077749) Attached to: Warner Music Playing Hardball With <em>Rock Band</em>
Harmonix, the company that makes Rock band, already puts in indie artists as either "bonus songs" on the disk or as free downloadable content. They also have had a contest like you suggest in the past and put a song from the winner in the next game they released. I am pretty sure they still need popular music to sell the games initially, though it's been proven in the past that they can get away with cover versions of those. It's only since the games became really popular that they've been using the original recordings.

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