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Comment: I think this behavior should be expected (Score 1) 422

by joeflies (#48993279) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?

The smartphone market is consuming the point & shoot customer. The P&S market existed primarily because there were no other options in years prior for casual photography, they simply replicated the same model that existed for film P&S with digital sensors.

The mirrorless market is consuming large parts of the DSLR market. That's because the dslr market used to be made up of a lot of people who didn't want to carry a DSLR in the first place, but had no other option for interchangable lenses.

Now that viable options are avaiable, the markets are going to shift. It's funny that the DSLR makers were the last ones to realize the shift was occuring. The Canon mirorless was horribly late to the market, and they were caught with their pants down. The minor or struggling camera makers like Sony, Ricoh, Fuji and Olympus are capitalizing on it.

The DSLR market will continue to exist, but they've run out of innovation for a while now. The one area they haven't addressed, portability, is why the market is being ripped into new segments.

+ - Court rules that Yelp can manipulate ratings

Submitted by joeflies
joeflies writes: There's been suspicion that Yelp could manipulate the ratings a business receives depending on whether they paid for advertising, a claim that Yelp has long denied. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, however, determined that the practice is not illegal , and "any implicit threat by Yelp to remove positive reviews absent payment for advertising was not (legally) wrongful."

Comment: Isn't that why the invasive species was introduced (Score 1) 290

by joeflies (#47087785) Attached to: Should We Eat Invasive Species?

now I don't have a complete case history for all invasive species but I do recall reading that in one case the fish that was introduced was from the local population wanting to eat a fish that was non-native and otherwise unavailable, so they imported the live fish into the local region

Comment: Don't assume that Facebook is forever (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by joeflies (#46671785) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

As myspace proved out, the social market is incredibly fickle. Facebook's billboard model is only part of the market, and there are already signs that communication is shifting towards real time. That market isn't so clear, with plenty of fragmentation across LINE, the weibos in asia and facebook's relatively poor sticker offering trying to catch up. WeChat may have been pricey, but a necessary addition to admit they missed the boat on this angle.

Comment: This data is about Twitter not platforms (Score 1) 161

by joeflies (#46665905) Attached to: Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

The only conclusions that I can draw has to do with the people who use Twitter. While twitter's user base may be sufficiently representative of the overall mobile user space, I don't see how it can correlate to wealth of platform adoption until other factors are also ruled out.

Comment: I think it's reasonable, if it was accurate (Score 2) 276

by joeflies (#46425919) Attached to: Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

The simple fact is that BitCoin is drawing a lot of mainstream media interest. Given that nobody really knows who's behind it, (and for those really suspicious of a conspiracy, what all this crowd sourced crypto is analyzing), it's certain to draw questions. Like the ST:TNG episode "Clues", we have a series of minor mysteries on our hands.

But nevertheless, it isn't clear to me that Newsweek outed the right guy. As odd as Nakamoto appeared in the article, I'm left with feeling that the reporter is the one that's acting weird.

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