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Comment: Re:Not Apple's Problem (Score 1) 249

by gmhowell (#47676589) Attached to: Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Not necessarily a burden on Apple. However, visibly better apps and a better way to find them makes iOS devices more attractive to consumers. 'Supplementary goods' is the term I recall from college. (Ok, it was a university, but just barely).

Actually, the argument could be made that a customer buys the 'ecosystem', making the market and the device one and the same. Point remains: improve app store, improve sales.

Comment: Re:Two things.... (Score 0) 249

by gmhowell (#47676567) Attached to: Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Me, me, me, Me, Me, Me, ME, ME, ME, ME!!!!!!

The mating call of the celibate slashdotter. Your 'solutions' provide none except for a few corner cases. Even if 100,000 or a million people are interested, that's a drop in the bucket compared to the number of active phones out there.

Other people; they matter.

Comment: Re:22 (Score 1) 3

by gmhowell (#47669833) Attached to: AZ and back on Nvidia

Lots of people who were buying when available to sell for a profit. I have a few friends who did this (they offered me sales at cost, reserving their price gouging for strangers. I never did take them up on their offers. I don't think anybody I know made much money. Most were happy to break even when prices started to dip :)

Comment: Re:I see where the money went (Score 1) 126

by gmhowell (#47669575) Attached to: Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

Thank God, a voice of reason in this discussion. Until this point, all I saw was a bunch of oldsters bemoaning their inability to look at gauges.

Motorcyclists are deathly afraid of technology. Aren't a substantial number of bikes still sold with carbs? Drum brakes? Air cooling? (And before anyone gets on my ass, of the five most recent bikes I've acquired, the newest is an '83. so it's not like I can't adjust a carb or a points gap. But I also know how to adjust the ABS sensor gap on my BMW.)

These people bitching about polyca probably bitched about moving away from cork linings as well (if they weren't too busy complaining about helmets in general). Yeah, I like my waxed cotton jacket. I also like my modern textile jacket. /rant

Comment: 22 (Score 2) 3

by gmhowell (#47655629) Attached to: AZ and back on Nvidia

Ammo supplies dried up following the shootings at Sandy Hook. There was concern about all sorts of action, from outright banning to exorbitant taxes. People were buying everything they could get their hands on. NOTHING was available in certain areas for several months of 2013.

It's slowly getting back to normal. You can find just about everything except 22, but the prices and selection is not always like it was pre Sandy Hook.

There are a variety of excuses for why 22 remains so difficult to find. I think that following the scare last year, people are still hoarding it, seeing how quickly it disappeared last time. I know that if we every get back to 8-10 cents per round, I'd like to lay in about 10,000 rounds (or more). Just so that I don't have to deal with this again.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor