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Comment: Re:Freemium vs DLC (Score 1) 139

by Sechr Nibw (#47485879) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

At the very least they should show if the in-app purchasables are something that you can buy just once, or repeatedly. That would be a good indicator of actual upgrade vs paid consumables. I have no problem with free, ad-supported apps that have a $1-2 "remove ads" in-app purchase. If it is a quality app, then I have no qualms about supporting it either with the ad views, or by paying to remove ads.

Comment: Re:Good. Now what about ads? (Score 1) 139

by Sechr Nibw (#47485869) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

I see what you're saying, but I very much like when there is a free, ad-supported version of a program, that I can try-before-I-buy, with the author either releasing a "pro" version or some such, that is $1-2, ad-free, or an in-app purchase to remove ads. However, if he made the second type of program, it would likely be grouped together with the freemium games that require daily purchases of $1 buckets of water to make your crops grow, etc. That's the problem I see with the EC ruling.

Comment: Re:All hail Netboox! (Score 2) 87

by Sechr Nibw (#47469791) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

Like I posted (at the same time as you, apparently!), it's worse than that. I have a Kindle device, but I have to read the book JUST on the Kindle, I can't switch to any of the alternate devices, which is something I do all the time when reading a book. Whether I'm at my desk (Kindle for Mac/Windows), on the bus (iPhone/iPad), or at home, reading before bed (Kindle PW), I want to be able to read the same book, which just doesn't work for the KOLL checkout system.

Comment: Re:No thank you. (Score 1) 87

by Sechr Nibw (#47468769) Attached to: Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

You either get constant prompts to go to the "furthest read page", or reset the furthest page after you finish a book and don't read the same one at the same time, or disable WhisperSync.

If you go for #2, good news: they did actually make a way for the user to do this (in the past, you had to contact customer service). Unfortunately, it's something that you have to do for each book, you can't select a bunch and say "reset all".

If you go for #3, then you lose the advantage of one person using multiple devices and having it sync.

Comment: Re:For us dummies.... (Score 1) 382

by Sechr Nibw (#47458615) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

I'd imagine one of the biggest factors/problems/differences between buying out-of-state Ferraris/Lamborghinis and out-of-state Teslas is the fact that you can refuel the Ferrari or Lamborghini basically anywhere along the way back to your state. The Tesla? Not so much. You either need to plan charging stops, or get it towed/hauled to within X miles of your home (where X depends on the model of Tesla, obviously).

Comment: Lock in $79 for next year (Score 5, Informative) 276

by Sechr Nibw (#46477471) Attached to: Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

Copied from forums:

Quote from orick:
If your current Prime membership is scheduled to expire on or after April 17th, and therefore would auto-renew at the $99 price, you can effectively lock in the $79 price by taking the following steps:

(1) Look up your Prime expiration date. (Let's say yours is June 11th.)

(2) Purchase a Prime Gift Membership here:

Set the delivery date as the date after your membership expires (in this case, June 12, 2014).

Enter your own e-mail address as the gift recipient. It is okay if this is the exact e-mail address already associated with your Amazon Prime account.

Place order (total will be $79).

(3) Turn off your Prime auto-renew. (End membership - at expiration)

(4) On the day after your membership expires, you will receive an e-mail from Amazon with the gift membership. Follow the instructions to apply it to your account.

This is a pretty straightforward way to save $20.
Quote :
Go to Manage Prime Membership
Review the renewal date listed on the left-hand side of the page.

If you currently have an Amazon Prime free trial, click Do Not Continue .
If you currently have a paid Amazon Prime membership, click End Membership .

Turn off your renewal using the link below the renewal date.

Note: Your membership will expire at the end of the current period. It will NOT end before your current paid subscription is over, nor can you cancel it early for a refund.

Comment: Re:"post-food consumers" (Score 1) 543

by Sechr Nibw (#46046913) Attached to: 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
It's not intended as a diet plan, though that could be achieved through stricter (personal) regulation of how much you ingest. However, it does have a broader range of nutrients and calories, meaning that you can have a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a shake for dinner, instead of a sensible dinner. SlimFast aims at just replacing two meals a day. However, SlimFast is about $7 for 14 shakes (14 meal replacements), Soylent is $65 for "one week", 21 meals, though you scale the meal to how hungry you are, supposedly. Still, SlimFast is a bit cheaper, but it's been on the market for a lot longer, able to subsidize development and all.

Comment: "Please don't adblock us" (Score 2) 731

by Sechr Nibw (#45992757) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
Any site that I use more than once a week, I add to the AdBlock whitelist. However! If I get an annoying ad on that site, it goes back to the blacklist, for at least a month or two. Basically, until the guilt starts creeping in that I'm using their service without paying for it. If you want to remain on the whitelist, and get my page impressions, then don't use shady advertisers that use self-expanding ads, auto-play ads, and especially flashing or noisy ads.

Comment: Define hacktivist (Score 1) 337

by Sechr Nibw (#45436249) Attached to: Prison Is For Dangerous Criminals, Not Hacktivists
I can allow that certain cases of hacking are vastly over-sentenced by the justice system. However, you've got to be more specific by what you consider a hacktivist before I consider them not a criminal. If you break into a system, steal data, and then flaunt the data as proof that the system's owner is incompetent, corrupt, insecure, whatever, then okay. If you also use some of that data (i.e. credit cards) to charge innocent / unsuspecting / unrelated people $700,000, even if it goes to charity, that's criminal behavior. You're not just a hacktivist anymore, sorry.

There's got to be more to life than compile-and-go.