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Comment: Re:Effort dilution (Score 1) 254

by mridoni (#48537365) Attached to: Node.js Forked By Top Contributors

The Atari ST had two things over the Amiga: a built-in MIDI port and a high-res (for the time) B/W video mode. It found itself a couple of nice niches (digital music and DTP) for all those who couldn't afford a Macintosh. In every other respect, especially after the introduction of the 2000 model, which was fully expandable, the Amiga was far superior.

Comment: Re:geo-blocking (Score 1) 363

by mridoni (#47859873) Attached to: BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

So - why should you get the BBC content for free when you've not contributed to the costs of producing it in the first place?

No problem, I have my credit card handy, just cut this crap and let me pay if I want to view some content on BBC but I don't live in UK. Simply put, I can't, due to idiotic geographical restrictions (and no, the international version of iPlayer simply isn't worth what it costs).

For the sake of fairness, this also applies to any other country and their broadcasters.

Comment: Re:Dell makes some decent stuff (Score 1) 408

by mridoni (#42312125) Attached to: Dell Gives Android the Boot, Boots Up More Windows 8

In 2006 I got an Inspiron 6400, and almost seven years later I think the only way to stop the damn thing is to throw it into a garbage compactor: In all this time I had to change the display bezel (20 US$) , and the original battery is down to one hour of capacity, but the machine is absolutely rock-solid, to the point that my other (brand-new) notebook is used a lot less than I expected.

Comment: Re:Greengrocers apostrophe? (Score 2) 214

by mridoni (#41892251) Attached to: Skype Hands Teenager's Information To Private Firm

Why do have so many people problems accepting there are non-native English speakers? It's not difficult.

Actually, as a native English speaker living in Germany, I find Germans make these kinds of errors significantly less than native English speakers.

This can be easily explained: English as a foreign language is usually taught in primary schools and (also) in written form. Native speakers learn the basics of the language when they're little kids from their parents before they are able to write. Even when you start going to school, verbal communication is still used more (think of how many words you say during your day, even for insignificants tasks, and how many you write). If this kind of spelling mistakes are not corrected by teachers or parents, they can be easily carried on to adult age, especially for people whose daily occupation doesn't involve a lot of writing.

Comment: Re:"mis-conception" (Score 2) 323

by mridoni (#40714029) Attached to: Microsoft Taking Heat For Five-Figure Xbox 360 'Patch Fee'

The problem here is that, according to TFA, the developer pocketed about 1 million dollars in sales. If he even gets to keep 30% of that, after paying fees and commissions to Microsoft and taxes, it's about 300,000 US$. I understand that paying (again) a hefty certification fee sucks, but certainly we're not talking about a teenager working out of his basement.

Comment: Re:Some clarification is needed. (Score 1) 218

by mridoni (#38517026) Attached to: Apple Fined By Italy For Misleading Customers About Warranty Terms

I also think it's safe to assume that Apple is the seller of the item.

Actually not, here in Italy Apple sells a lot through non-Apple-branded channels (independent retailers, consumer electronic chains, etc.), also giiven the fact that we have just a handful of Apple Stores, and in all these cases the "seller" (as defined by the European Directive) is the retailer itself, not Apple. The fine was levied due to abuses perpetrated by Apple in its stores and on its site, so in these cases the manufacturer and the seller are the same entity.
An Apple customer who used a generic retailer could "sue" the retailer (the "seller") but of course the outcome would/could be different.

Comment: Re:Let's not forget ... (Score 1) 207

by mridoni (#37216536) Attached to: The Press Reacts To Steve Jobs' Departure — in 1985

Quite the contrary: Jobs wanted to cancel or downsize almost everything else in order to support the Macintosh. What everybody seems to have forgotten is that, despite the good reception both by reviewers and the general public, the first Mac wasn't selling well: sales basically slowed down to a crawl in the second half of 1984 (when sales of the Apple II still contributed to 70% of Apple's revenue), and in March 1985 they amounted to 1/10th of the forecast. Jobs was forced to leave because hiis decisions, and his stubborness when confronted with the need to change them, were turning an innovative and promising product into a possible half-baked venture, and ultimately damaging to the whole company.

Comment: Re:Bad strategic moves by Oracle (Score 1) 149

by mridoni (#36483938) Attached to: History of Software Forks Favors LibreOffice

Cheaper is most definitely of interest to a business, $130 may not be a lot but $130 * 500 is a significant amount

You don't buy retail in quantity 500. Volume deals drop the price to something like $50-70. Besides, you can't simply add costs up, come up with a large number and wave it in the air. If you have 500 employees you have far greater expenses, and you have even greater profit that those employees make.

There is one more thing in business, it is called COGS. It reduces the effective cost of a tool, and MS Office is a tool. So you have now a competition between a cheap top-notch tool and a free but somewhat weirder tool. What will you, as a business leader, buy? I think the decision is preordained here.

To be fair it should be said that the US$ 130 price (about the same in EUR) is for the Product Key Card versiion, a sort of not-activated OEM where the supplier of the PC bundles the software and you can optionally activate it buying a so-called "license card". Prices for a full license of Office Home and Business 2010 start from 220$ on Amazon. Not that this matters, given that most businesses are going to buy Open/volume licenses anyway.

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