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Comment: Re:Snowball effect (Score 1) 229

by im_thatoneguy (#49632435) Attached to: Why Was Linux the Kernel That Succeeded?

Also incredibly important on top of that, lots of people had a personal interest it succeeding:
  - Red Hat, Novell etc on the software front.
  - Also companies like HP needed a *nix and BSD was currently engulfed in FUD.

If you want your product to succeed you're far more likely to be successful when other people can profit as well from your project's success. "What's in it for me?" is the rally cry of any potential investor of time or money. In the case of Linux there was a lot in it for a lot of people.

The people who most profited from BSD (AT&T, IBM etc) were dinosaurs who history has proven have been bad at reacting quickly, at least in the 90s and early 00's. IBM is getting more nimble but the parties who profited from a successful BSD turned out to be the least suitable advocates.

Comment: Re:EU Common Market (Score 1) 91

by im_thatoneguy (#49631877) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

There are practical considerations though. Currently if you release a film you can get a german distributor a french distributor a british distributor and a spanish distributor. Each country's distributor is responsible for marketing as well as selling the product. So who would get the royalties in this instance? While the EU is a common market if you go to France a BMW will not cost the same as it costs in Germany.

My prediction is that this will go nowhere. It sounds great in theory to say that you should sell a movie download of The Avengers in Spain for the same price as The Avengers in Germany but The Avengers is really being resold. It would be like you expecting every supermarket in Europe to sell milk for the same price! "It's all milk! I should be able to buy milk for 2 Euros in Germany or 2 Euros in Greece!"

If anything they'll simply remove geo blocking for content you already managed to purchase. So if you buy a film in Germany you'll be able to still watch it in France. But that's not I believe what most people are hoping this to accomplish.

Comment: Re:VR is a fad (Score 1) 68

by im_thatoneguy (#49631807) Attached to: Oculus Rift Launching In Q1 2016

There is no demand for a crappy head mounted 3D screen

That's because they've been crappy. If it was effectively as immersive as going to the movie theater or IMAX there clearly is a market for giant screen experiences even in 2D.

Also great would be on airplanes. I brought my Oculus on my last intercontinental flight and it was great to just get out of the 'claustrophobia' of being around 300 other people. Put on your VR headset and load up a movie in a "theater" with noise cancelling headphones and you're instantly transported into a more relaxing environment. It's not really "VR" but just head tracking a 3D Screen eliminates motion sickness from turbulence etc.

Comment: Re:Do you believe in magic? (Score 1) 51

Because then you wouldn't be able to use any platform specific features. Also BB didn't exactly profit from that approach. If they re-compile for the native platform they are more likely to actually add a few specific features as they go like live tiles while they've got it 'open' so to speak.

Comment: Re:Odd definition of "disruptive" (Score 1) 251

by im_thatoneguy (#49587977) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

They aren't replacing the local Peso with Bitcoin. They're just using Bitcoin as a transactional currency to run an unregulated currency exchange. Bitcoins in this instance are essentially a proxy for US dollars.

If I have $100 USD and I want to convert it to Pesos I can either go to a regulated currency exchange which apparently is attempting to combat inflation by keeping the peso value low or you can exchange your $100USD for say 0.5 bitcoins on the open bitcoin market. Then you find someone who wants "bitcoins" aka USD and you sell them your bitcoins in exchange for pesos at market rates.

The person who sold you pesos for Bitcoins really just wants USD (or Euros).

Now doing this is almost certainly illegal if the government has mandated exchange rates since all you're doing is adding an intermediary step but ultimately performing a currency exchange illicitly. All you've done is employed Bitcoin as an escrow service.

Comment: Re:Kind of sad, really. (Score 2) 251

by im_thatoneguy (#49587887) Attached to: Bitcoin Is Disrupting the Argentine Economy

But as the article points out... it's really just a way to streamline an existing black market in money changing. And the reason the black market has to exist at all is because legal money changing it a bad deal.

So as soon as bitcoin actually becomes popular enough to disrupt the existing black-market it'll also be popular enough to attract government intervention as has been done to the banks.

Essentially all this article is saying is "Look at this awesome black market full of illicit goods! Look at how great it is!" Which is true of every black market until it actually grows large enough to warrant a response from the government.

Comment: Re:Is it the phone or the stupid stuff installed o (Score 4, Insightful) 484

by im_thatoneguy (#49553513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

Your last point would be my question to the Original Poster: do you want a stable phone or a phone with lots of features? If you want an incredibly stable phone then it's easy to find and kill all of the bugs. But which is worse having buggy whizbang feature or not having whizbang feature at all? If I had to choose I would pick buggy whizbang feature. Because the only thing worse than doing something poorly is not being able to do it at all.

I worked with a company as an adviser and they refused to add whizbang because they didn't feel they could do it perfectly. Well... the outcome was that people needed whizbang and they picked buggy and slow over not-at-all. And they in my opinion picked correctly. I can tell someone that I can so that but it'll take 2 days and they might pick me. If I tell someone I can't do it at all they'll definitely pick someone else. So even if I'm slow there is still a chance I'll get the job. The end result was the product died because they refused lower their standards and compete.

This is taking place in the smartphone market. You have to have feature parity. The End. Full Stop. If you can't do what someone else is doing customers will jump ship. Android has taken over the market using this strategy and customers are generally pretty happy with the tradeoffs involved.

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." -- William James