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Comment: Re:6% is actually very, very high. (Score 1) 437

by TheNumberless (#33688536) Attached to: E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales

You claim that the way it's phrased makes your first possibility more likely, when in fact, the way it's phrased make the first possibility impossible, because e-Books are not printed books. I prefer not to pre-emptively assume an error has been made.

Further, given the rounding that can be assumed for both this kind of study and the way it's reported, 5.66% and 6% are effectively the same number, rendering the entire issue moot.

Comment: Re:eBook pricing (Score 1) 437

by TheNumberless (#33688100) Attached to: E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales

I wonder when the first Android ereader with e-ink will show up.

I don't know that Android would be a good OS for an e-Ink screen. Android's user experience is centered around the nature of the screen, and by switching to e-Ink, you give up multitouch, any kind of reasonable refresh rate, and color. You also necessarily lose the huge number of existing Android apps. Basically, you give up everything worth having about Android except Dalvik. At that point, why even call it Android?

Comment: Re:It's the only avenue for haggling (Score 1) 437

by TheNumberless (#33687924) Attached to: E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales

The price signal therefore shows what the sustainable market price is. If your books retail at $100 and as many books are pirated (from users who would otherwise have paid), then the REAL market price of your book is near $50.

You can only derive the $50 figure if the relationship between supply and demand is perfectly elastic. In the real world, this is almost never the case. And when you compare imprudent business decisions on the part of publishers to communism, you really go off the deep end.

The interesting question for me is: if an individual has no moral objection to pirating eBooks, why would they pay any nonzero price for them? I can't come up with any kind of ethical framework in which the initial offer of $8.99 on the part of the customer, given the eventual torrenting, is reasonable.

Comment: Re:eBook pricing (Score 1) 437

by TheNumberless (#33687762) Attached to: E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales

In what way is expressing an opinion on what someone should or should not do the same as deciding what someone should or should not do? You are free to do what you want. Other people are free to tell you that they don't approve. Your rights are not infringed when other people exercise theirs, and despite what you seem to believe, your rights do not include the right not to be disagreed with.

Comment: Re:price (Score 1) 437

by TheNumberless (#33687310) Attached to: E-Books Are Only 6% of Printed Book Sales

I love my Nook, and I'm really happy with Barnes and Noble (their tech support is among the best I've ever dealt with, had a cracked bezel, they sent out a replacement with a mere five minutes of talking to some nice woman, with no hold time, and let me keep my Nook in the interim. Almost unheard of.), but I can't stand the fact that I don't actually own the books I buy.

Glad to hear it. My girlfriend had literally the exact same experience with her Kindle, right down to the excellent response. I really feel like competition is doing a lot of good here. That and, probably, the companies involved are smart enough to know that people won't buy e-books if they're not happy with their readers.

Comment: Re:This is what happens, when... (Score 2, Insightful) 390

by TheNumberless (#33686994) Attached to: Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy

There are still a few of them out there, and there is still the nitch [sic] of spontaneously renting an old movie that Netflix and RedBox can't fill.

Netflix really can fill that niche, though, via instant watch. I really believe (or at least, hope) that the library of movies, especially older movies, available for instant watch will grow to the point that it's competitive with the older titles available in any local store.

Comment: Re:Just because it's patented... (Score 2, Informative) 381

by TheNumberless (#33314874) Attached to: Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones

Most stolen iPhones are jailbroken. It makes getting them on to a new contract easier. And a way to lock down or locate stolen phones that can work despite jailbreaking would be a very nice thing to have.

If Apple actually tried to use a process like this for what the tinfoil hat brigade is imagining, I'm sure they'd lose the lawsuit.

Comment: Re:Same old Nintendo strategy (Score 5, Insightful) 133

by TheNumberless (#32676770) Attached to: Nintendo 3DS GPU Revealed

Just look at all the nearly empty boxes at supermarket, that are way too large for their content, or look larger in volume than they are. Same strategy.

Bullshit. Where is Nintendo lying about the capabilities of their hardware? Where are they selling something that doesn't do what it says on the box?

It always takes two. The fault lies just as much on the idots who buy it, as it lies on the fraudulent (in my eyes) companies.

How is the fact that Nintendo isn't putting the emphasis on graphics performance to the exclusion of other factors somehow dishonest? And how is basing the decision to buy a videogame system on something other than graphics performance stupid? And finally, what is the great crime here for which "fault" needs to be assigned? Marketing a product that you don't want to buy? What a grievous sin that is.

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