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Comment: Re:Reminder of who not to credit (Score 1) 151

by mackil (#48350131) Attached to: 25th Anniversary: When the Berlin Wall Fell
Excellent point. I often wondered to what extent the first Guld war played in stopping the Soviets from the "military" solution, once things began crumbling. When they saw some of their best hardware defeated so handily by the Coalition forces, did that keep them from launching a military strike to preserve the Soviet state? Interesting to think about.

Comment: Re:Rather cumbersome (Score 3, Interesting) 77

by mackil (#47876151) Attached to: Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

I'm guessing that if Amazon had added it to Google Play Store, rentals would have had to use Google payments where Google gets 30% instead of Amazon. That or it'd work only with Prime, not rentals.

That is an excellent point. I hadn't thought of that. Like Microsoft's fight with Apple over their IOS Office app.

Comment: Re:Rather cumbersome (Score 2) 77

by mackil (#47876091) Attached to: Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

Amazon isn't making you change the "unknown store" setting--that would be Google. Android OS is set to only accept Play Store unless you deactivate that setting.

Actually they are since they could've added the app to Google Play like they do for all their others. Kindle is there, as is the main Amazon App.

Comment: Rather cumbersome (Score 4, Interesting) 77

by mackil (#47875955) Attached to: Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android
It's rather cumbersome, but it works. You can't install it straight from Google Play. You have to install the Amazon app and install it inside of that. They make you change the "unknown store" security setting in order to do it. Curious strategy on Amazon's part.

Now if only they would add ChromeCast support... I know, we customers are never happy.

Comment: Afraid not (Score 4, Insightful) 90

These days, all it takes to shake up the whole publishing industry is to be successful. The whole industry is in sharp decline and everyone knows it, especially those within.

I'd like to think they have a chance. Their goals are certainly noble. But I wouldn't be too optimistic.

Comment: Re:Keyword$ on AdWords (Score 1) 224

by mackil (#44942141) Attached to: Google To Encrypt All Keyword Searches

The cynical amongst web analytics professionals accuse Google of hiding organic keyword searches from website operators in order to force them into paying for AdWords with its paid keywords.

I was wondering this myself, as someone who is very annoyed with the "(not provided)" entry in my Keywords list in Analytics. I know, hardly a big deal in the grand scheme. Call me selfish.

Comment: Re:ChromeCast (Score 1) 244

Not to mention that if you have any video purchased from the Google Play store, you can now view it on your tv without a Google TV box.

We have a Roku, and we purchase a lot of videos off Amazon and view it on our tv. We also have a Nexus 7, but can't view our Amazon stuff on our tablet. We have a few movies on Google Play, which we can view on our tablet, BUT NOT our tv. It's been quite annoying. Looks like this will solve some of these problems. Now we just need Amazon Instant Video for Android.

Comment: Re:DLC is more lucrative (Score 1) 74

by mackil (#43741937) Attached to: Used Game To Survive? EA Plans To Drop Online Pass
I think you're onto something there, with the DLC's being more lucrative.

I was one of the "suckers" who bought Mass Effect 1 & 2 when Steam had them on sale. And just like EA predicted, once I reached the end of 2, I wanted to know how it all ended. So not only did they get me as a very reluctant Origin user, but they also have me seriously considering purchasing the Mass Effect 3 DLC's (which are still full price). Much more profitable and it doesn't upset your customer base (well, as much).

Dammit EA.... well played.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.