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Gentlemen Prefer Androids, Ladies iOS 483

Posted by timothy
from the gender-bias dept.
Ponca City writes "PC World reports that women are more likely to buy an iPhone for their next smartphone purchase, while men prefer Android devices. According to data collected in October 2010, 31 percent of women wanted to buy an Apple iOS device next, followed by 22.8 percent interested in a Google Android device while among men preferences were reversed with 32.6 percent of men interested in an Android purchase and 28.6 desired an iOS phone. 'So where is the extra appeal of Android to men coming from?' asks Tracey E. Schelmetic. 'More male-targeted commercials that emphasize cool gadgetry versus usability? More techno-macho phone brand names like "Droid"? Extra advertising on the Spike channel by phone makers using the Android platform?'"

Comment: Re:Some More Names to Consider (Score 1) 1021

by Twyst3d (#29663361) Attached to: What Belongs In a High School Sci-Fi/Fantasy Lit Class?
I scanned this whole thread waiting for someone to mention Snow Crash. If it wasnt for Snow Crash I would have no interest in Sci-Fi literature. This will probably be considered a terrible suggestion by most. But, on the fantasy side of things, I would recommend the Prism Pentad by Troy Denning. These are some of my favorite fantasy novels of all time (Id say a tie between this and the Amber Chronicles by Zelazny).

Comment: RIP Cobol (Score 1) 277

by Twyst3d (#29508821) Attached to: COBOL Celebrates 50 Years

Dear Cobol. Thanks for the memories and all that. We couldnt have done it without you. But, the times they are a moving. And its time you moved on with them. If I had disposal income in the millions. Id hold you the grandest of funerals. For now. I'll have to settle with a pint after work and peeing your name on the alley wall. RIP Cobol.

P.S. Make it two pints so I can pee a heart next to that too

Comment: If I ever see (Score 5, Insightful) 144

by Twyst3d (#29287147) Attached to: Running Over Virtual Pedestrians Helps In-Game Ad Recall
A game where I pick up an assault rifle or something and it has a Coke logo on the side. Im gonna make all those vivid dreams people have about video gamers going nuts for no apparent reason come true. Seriously sick of this. Im paying $$ for the game allready. Not only have they cut down on the length of games, but the overall quality. Apparently graphics are a good substitue for story and play. They dont really make any games that are original anymore. And now after all these god damn shortcuts the game companies are taking they want to advertise to me in game as well? Fuck that noise.

Comment: Re:vendor lock in (Score 1) 389

by Twyst3d (#29229703) Attached to: Why Is It So Difficult To Allow Cross-Platform Play?

I don't know if I agree with your definition of blame.. By the same logic you can't blame the bankers who ruined the world economy because it was in their best interests to make as much money as they could while they could. It's a slippery slope.

It could also be argued that a banker cannot make good money off a ruined economy.

Comment: Re:Missing Option: None of the above. (Score 1) 452

by Twyst3d (#29205007) Attached to: Blizzard Game You're Most Looking Forward To?

You're pretty good at arguing semantics but ultimately wrong. Sure you could use TCP/IP to play online, but that would require that you allready had partners. bnetd allowed for pirated copies of the game to experience the "social networking" provided by bnet on a lower scale. And i would have to say that was its main purpose given what it does. Nice try though.

"If you lived today as if it were your last, you'd buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn't you?" -- Garrison Keillor