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Comment: Bootstrapping a Google account (Score 1) 153

by tepples (#49150771) Attached to: Microsoft's Goals For Their New Web Rendering Engine

That sign in at a Google search screen bothers me, at which point is one going to be required to use it.

Last time I checked (which was today), creating a Gmail account required a mobile phone number. So for someone buying a mobile phone in order to have a mobile phone number in order to create a Google account, where is one supposed to search for reviews of mobile phones? If a different web search engine, then why not just stick with that instead of using Google Search?

Comment: Re:Clear Channel (Score 1) 605

by tepples (#49150343) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

And MS has a government granted monopoly on Windows due to copyright.

The relevant market here is not Windows but operating systems compatible with widely used applications. And at the time, enough of those were exclusive to for Windows that Microsoft was using its monopoly in one area (copyright in Windows) to secure or strengthen market power in other areas.

Given how much people apparently hate cable companies and their municipal monopolies, perhaps we should revisit the assumption that "natural monopolies" are best served with an actual monopoly.

I agree. Access to rights of way is a natural monopoly that has been allocated inefficiently in the past, and I presented an alternative to this inefficiency in another post.

Comment: Lockdown (Score 2) 139

by tepples (#49147667) Attached to: Invented-Here Syndrome

At some point we need to just say, 'stop!', and write the code ourselves.

I wonder how much of "invented here" syndrome is related with frustration with curation on the popular curated platforms (iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, and game consoles). Cryptographic lockdown applied by the operating system publisher blocks end users from writing their own applications or writing a mod for an existing application. Because people are unwilling to go through the organizational overhead of becoming a licensed developer, they stick with the vanilla version of whatever they can get from the platform's official app store.

Comment: Re:Clear Channel (Score 1) 605

by tepples (#49147313) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

And Windows monopolizes the users of Windows PCs.

In a broader sense, Windows monopolizes the users of the large set of applications that are exclusive to Win32. The findings of fact in United States v. Microsoft spelled out the "applications barrier to entry" responsible for Windows market share.

Your point ... ?

Phrasing my point in a manner that you will most readily understand depends on your answer to the following question: If cellular weren't a cartel, then how could all four cellular carriers get away with raising pay-as-you-go texting rates at the same time?

Comment: Re:While the TV is occupied (Score 1) 182

by tepples (#49147263) Attached to: The State of Linux Gaming In the SteamOS Era

[Someone who needs a PC to game on while another family member is using another PC] can use a $199 PC, which together with the $99 streaming box is going to be no more expensive than the fancy console - and provide more versatility.

Just to be sure: You mean keep the gaming PC and run the non-gaming stuff on the $199 PC, right? Then the question for households that currently have a $199 PC becomes whether to buy the expensive gaming PC or to buy one of the consoles.

I hate to come on like one of those "PC Master Race" dicks

Don't worry; I agree that PC users are masters of their own respective experiences.

but the consoles are either especially gutless (like Nintendo's) or spectacularly curated.

Some other Slashdot users would argue that this curation serves a purpose, namely saving people's time from having to wade through the crappiest of the crap, which is 90% according to Theodore Sturgeon, and that the profitable majority of people have been Stockholmed into not "feel[ing] hampered by that. Have you looked into what caused the North American video game recession of 1983-1984?

Comment: "Unknown sources" != root (Score 1) 135

by tepples (#49144345) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

There aren't too many enthusiasts out there rooting their phones to be able to use f-droid, and the other stores are useless.

F-Droid does not require root. It requires "Unknown sources", a checkbox that appears in the "Security" or "Apps" settings of virtually all Android-powered phones and tablets except about the first year of AT&T phones. And in what way is Amazon Appstore useless?

Comment: Are most countries still $0-only 5 years later? (Score 1) 135

by tepples (#49144261) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

On Android, most Android users don't pay for apps. Either because they can't (Google Wallet isn't universal), or other reasons. And if Google Wallet doesn't support the country, Google only shows free apps.

True, visibility of priced apps outside the United States was a significant problem in the Android 1.x and possibly early 2.x days. But I thought Google had expanded the set of countries in which priced apps are available over the past half decade.

Comment: Support costs (Score 1) 135

by tepples (#49144253) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

But, just because they're not the most profitable set of users, doesn't mean you can afford to ignore them.

You also have to take into account support costs. The cost of diversity of Android-powered devices (or "fragmentation" as detractors call it) is increased cost of supporting all configurations. Fewer configurations can mean lower costs, which in some cases may outweigh the increased revenue from Android.

Besides, writing app A for iOS and app B for iOS can reach more of these profitable "whales" than writing app A for both iOS and Android.

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.