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Submission + - Game lets you create your own cloned games (

An anonymous reader writes: Dutch indie game developer Vlambeer's games have been cloned a lot (see Polygon or Joystiq). Now you can clone their games as well with the free browser game Vlambeer Clone Tycoon. Created by two guys who work in the same office as where Vlambeer is located, this game shows "how dismal it is to clone games by letting people experience this activity themselves".

Submission + - Microsoft is now selling Windows RT exclusively (

dingen writes: Dell’s XPS 10 tablet models with Windows RT have been removed from the company’s website, which analysts said could leave Microsoft as the only vendor selling ARM-based tablets running versions of Windows RT.

The XPS 10 Web page lists models of the tablet as being “unavailable,” and points users to the Latitude 10 tablet, which runs Windows 8 and has an Intel Atom processor. Microsoft, which sells Surface RT, is now the only device maker selling a tablet with Windows RT.

Dell was the only device maker other than Microsoft selling a Windows RT tablet after Lenovo, Asus, and Samsung bailed out on the device.


Submission + - Thurrot says MS should abandon the consumer market ( 1

dingen writes: Long time pro-Microsoft blogger Paul Thurrot thinks Microsoft should leave the consumer market. Quoting from his "SuperSite for Windows":

Depending on what matters to you, it's been a tough decade for Microsoft. The company's stock price has stagnated as it matured from a quickly-growing upstart into a slow-moving, comfortable, behemoth. But in recent years, faster-moving companies such as Apple and Google have stolen the limelight, thanks to innovative and exciting consumer products. And despite the fact that these companies are behemoths themselves, they've generated significant excitement with shareholders as well.

o here's my suggestion: While Microsoft has spent much of the past decade trying to prove that it is somehow a company that can equally attract consumers and businesses, it has failed to make any headway with consumers at all. And its competitors, which are better able to meet the needs of this market better—indeed, able to anticipate and even invent these needs, as Apple has done—show no sign of slowing. There's only one course of action that makes any sense.

Microsoft should abandon the consumer market.

Relax, relax. This isn't as dramatic as it sounds. Indeed, as I've already discovered, most of Microsoft's revenues are already derived from non-consumer products and services as it is. And its future growth is already tied to the migration away from business-oriented traditional software packages to business-oriented cloud services. Why continue muddying the waters?

Submission + - Amazon reports e-books are outselling hardcovers (

dingen writes: Amazon reports that for every 100 hardcover book they've sold in the last quarter, 143 e-books for Kindle were purchased through their service. The difference was even larger this month, with e-books outselling hardcovers 1.8 to 1.

It seems like e-books are really breaking through, altough then again, who purchases hardcover books anyway?

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar